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Resort Council Approves Bond Sale For Major Projects

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Financing for projects like the downtown park redevelopment effort is included in the $49 million bond. Submitted Rendering

OCEAN CITY – Despite some misgivings about the price tags on some of the capital projects included, resort officials this week approved on first reading a future bond sale totaling nearly $49 million. The Mayor and Council had before them on Tuesday the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the sale of general obligation municipal bonds totaling nearly $49 million. The bond sale includes multiple capital projects, including funding for the downtown recreation complex redevelopment, the relocation of the existing firehouse at 74th Street to a new location in front of the Public Safety Building at 65th Street, and the next phase of the Baltimore Avenue corri-

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dor redevelopment among others. Also included in the proposed bond sale is the refinancing of bonds issued in 2012 at around $20 million. By taking advantage of historically low interest rates, that $20 million still on the books since 2012 can be refinanced through the currently proposed bond sale, resulting in a savings of nearly $1 million. Last week, the Mayor and Council got a first look at the design for the new Ocean City Fire Department firehouse and were taken aback by the estimated $11.2 million price tag. When the new firehouse was discussed last spring, the cost estimate was around $5.5 million, of which $1.5 million was expected to be the contribution from the volunteer fire company from proceeds from the sale of the existing firehouse at 74th Street. Because the estimated cost of the firehouse had escalated, and because the proposed design included a new Station 3 firehouse over two times the size of what was anticipated, the Mayor and Council sent City Engineer Terry McGean, Fire Chief Richie Bowers and fire department staff back to the drawing board to come back with a design closer to the original estimate. “We heard the marching orders loud and clear,” said McGean on Tuesday. “My understanding is it will come back to you. Any savings from the firehouse can be applied to the Baltimore Avenue project. The cost of the fire station was estimated at $5.5 million, but it went up substantially. It’s not going to cost that much.” Nonetheless, the new Station 3 firehouse was still listed in the current potential bond sale at the $11.2 million estimate. Last week, it was discussed at length that the town had no intention of building an $11.2 million firehouse when the original estimate was $5.5 million, but that $11.2 million would be included in the bond sale and any reduction in the cost of building the new fire station could be applied to the Baltimore Avenue project, which is expected to eventually cost around $20 million. However, Councilman John Gehrig, who was absent from last week’s work session and did not participate in the lengthy debate, on Tuesday questioned why the firehouse was still listed at $11.2 million in the proposed bond sale. “I’m just not comfortable with this,” he said. “I don’t want it to come back that we voted on all of these numbers. It looks like we’re approving an $11.2 million firehouse. I’m fine with the actual bond amount. I just don’t know why we’re voting on something with so many questions.” Finance Director Chuck Bireley explained the specific amounts for the individual capital projects listed in the bond sale were essentially placeholders and once the sale is completed, the town can move funds around within the bond based on needs for the various projects. In other words, if the new firehouse design comes back in at $7 million, the $4 SEE PAGE 69


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Shore Counties To Partner On Invasive Species County Seeks Opinion

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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SNOW HILL – Worcester County is expected to partner with other jurisdictions on an effort to fight invasive species. The Worcester County Commissioners this week voted unanimously to join the Lower Eastern Shore Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. Bob Mitchell, the county’s director of environmental programs, said invasive species management was most effective when it was consistent throughout a region. “This is really preventing new invasive plants and it’s most effective when we have consistent management across county lines,” he said. Mitchell told the commissioners staff recommended joining the partnership, as

it was voluntary and would not commit financial resources other than supplies and materials. The county has had issues with invasive plants such as phragmites, wisteria and bamboo in the past. Trees covered in wisteria on the site of the Berlin branch library had to be cut down. “That was a risk management preventative measure we had to take on our part so they didn’t fall on the neighboring houses,” Mitchell said. In joining the partnership, Mitchell said the county would work with the other jurisdictions involved to come up with some educational materials that could help county workers—those in the roads division and those working in county parks— to identify potential problem species. “It is envisioned that sharing of informational resources will evolve into demonstration projects done in Worces-

ter County, with the final goal of inter-jurisdictional cooperation on eradication efforts where it is warranted,” Mitchell wrote in his report to the commissioners. “The actual eradication of these will need to be done by staff that are typically involved in these efforts.” Mitchell said that the Lower Shore needed a regional effort to stop the spread of invasive species to ensure that what one county was doing wasn’t having a negative impact on another county. Commissioner Chip Bertino asked about the potential impact on private property owners. He asked if they’d be told to remove invasive species on their lands. “No,” Mitchell said. “We’re going to start with our public property. We have some issues at each of our park lands.” The commissioners voted 7-0 to join the invasive species management effort.

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On Sprinkler Mandate

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Worcester County officials last month fired off a letter to the state Attorney General’s Office seeking an opinion on the mandates for fire sprinkler systems in new manufactured homes. For the last few years, fire sprinkler systems have been required in new stick-built or modular homes in Worcester, but it has remained uncertain if the sprinkler mandates apply to manufactured homes in the county and across the state. Last month, Worcester County Commission President Joe Mitrecic sent a letter to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh seeking clarification on the issue. “On behalf of the County Commissioners of Worcester County, I write to seek the opinion of the Maryland Attorney General on the following question: Does Maryland law require the installation of fire sprinkler systems in manufactured homes that are constructed in accordance with the standards set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” the letter reads. In the letter, Mitrecic provided background on the existing state and federal codes regarding fire sprinkler requirements. “Maryland’s law related to building codes is called the Maryland Building Performance Standards,” the letter reads. “Generally, the Maryland Standards apply to all buildings for which a building permit application is received by a local jurisdiction. A building permit application is required for a manufactured home in Worcester County. The code requires fire sprinkler systems to be installed in all new one- and twofamily dwellings.” In the letter, Mitrecic points out state and local jurisdictions can apply fire sprinkler system requirements. The letter seeks an opinion as to whether the state’s codes for sprinkler systems in manufactured homes are consistent with the established federal standards. “Federal law indicates that states can assert jurisdiction over any manufactured home safety issue if no federal standard has been established,” the letter reads. “According to HUD’s website state-mandated fire sprinkler system requirements are not pre-empted by the HUD standards.” Mitrecic’s letter continued, “Worcester County enforces the Maryland Standards with respect to fire sprinkler systems in new single-family dwellings,” the letter reads. “There are no additional standards imposed by local law enforcement. In conclusion, it appears Worcester County is required to enforce mandated fire sprinkler requirements for new manufactured homes. However, this analysis is inconsistent with the guidance issued by the Office of the State Fire Marshal in May 2021.”


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High Court Denies Request For Topless Case Hearing

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OCEAN CITY – In yet another chapter in the ongoing challenge of Ocean City’s ordinance prohibiting female toplessness, a federal judge this week denied an appeal from the plaintiffs seeking a new hearing. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit this week rejected a request for a reversal of the U.S. District Court decision in April in favor of the Town of Ocean City and its ordinance prohibiting female toplessness in the same areas where men are allowed to go topless, such as the beach and the Boardwalk for example. In January 2018, a civil suit was filed in U.S. District Court challenging an emergency ordinance passed by the

Mayor and Council in June 2017 prohibiting females from going topless where men can, including the beach and Boardwalk, for example. The plaintiffs in the case, including local resident Chelsea Eline and four others, argued the emergency ordinance passed by the Mayor and Council in June 2017 violated their constitutional rights allowing them, and ostensibly any other woman who chose to do so, to go topless in certain areas of the resort where men can. In April 2020, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the case, essentially opining Ocean City officials have a better understanding of the public sensibilities of their residents and visitors regarding the issue. The U.S. District Court’s ruling in the case relied largely on the precedent-setting U.S. v. Biocic case heard by the Supreme Court nearly three decades

ago. In the motion for a new hearing, the plaintiffs’ attorney argued the U.S. District Court relied on the decades-old U.S. v. Biocic when ruling in the case against the town’s topless ordinance, while there have been more recent cases that went the other way on the female topless issue. During testimony at the District Court level, Ocean City officials testified the ordinance passed in 2017 reflected the general public’s moral sensibilities regarding female toplessness in public, based on a sampling of calls, emails and personal interactions with residents and visitors to the resort. The plaintiffs countered with testimony from a noted expert on the changing public sensibilities regarding female toplessness in public areas and asserted the sample size put

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forth by town officials during testimony did not represent the general public’s feelings on the issue. In the end, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the town and dismissed the plaintiffs’ case. The plaintiffs then filed an appeal for a new hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, an appeal that was denied this week. It is uncertain what other legal recourse the plaintiffs now have, although they could challenge the case at the U.S. Supreme Court. In their appeal, the plaintiffs questioned if protecting the public’s moral sensibilities was an important governmental function. “This case involves one or more questions of exceptional importance,” the appeal reads. “Whether protecting the public’s moral sensibilities is an important governmental function, and if so, how do we distinguish the types of disparate treatment justified by a community’s public sensibilities and those that are not?” The plaintiffs’ appeal attempted to point out Ocean City’s flawed logic behind the ordinance. “When asked why the female nipple as opposed to the male nipple needed to be covered, Ocean City explained that this morally is something that is objectionable to a majority of the people, a vast majority of the people that live, own property and visit Ocean City,” the appeal reads. “When asked what is not decent about female bare-chestedness, Ocean City stated the moral sensibilities of our residents and visitors find that to be objectionable, find that to be contrary to what they want to see and what they want to take place when they’re in Ocean City.” The plaintiffs attempted to point out the court decision was rooted in a dated U.S. v. Biocic case. “Thirty years have passed since this court decided in Bicocic that protecting the moral sensibilities is an important governmental interest,” the appeal reads. “It is now clear that Biocic’s protecting the moral sensibilities reasoning permits sexist ideology to be cloaked in the same legitimacy in the same way that nationalism legitimizes racism.” In the appeal, the plaintiffs attempted to point out Ocean City relied on a relatively small sample size to determine what it believed to be the public’s moral sensibilities. “Examining the ordinance through the lens of heightened scrutiny reveals its nefarious purpose - codifying longstanding sexist ideologies,” the appeal reads. “Despite Ocean City’s burden of proof to identify an important governmental function furthered by gender-based classification, it has utterly failed to do so. Instead, the record establishes that the ordinance is based solely on the moral objections of significantly less than 1% or the largely transient population of over 8 million people who are subjected to the ordinance.” At the end of the day, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals denied the plaintiffs’ request for a reversal in the lower court’s decision and a request for a new hearing with oral testimony.


Council Approves Alley Transfer For Bayfront Redevelopment Project

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Satisfied with accommodations made by the developer, resort officials this week signed off on a proposed land swap to pave the way for the redevelopment of a decades-old midtown restaurant and nightclub. Last December, the Planning Commission reviewed a proposed site plan for the redevelopment of the old BJ’s on the Water property along the bayfront at 75th Street. The property has since been sold to another popular resort restaurant group Ropewalk, which plans to develop the bayfront eatery Windward OC on the site. The Ropewalk group has been operating the restaurant in its original footprint this summer as the Atlantic Beach House, but the long-term plan calls for the old restaurant to be torn down and replaced with a new two-story establishment on the same site with a sandy beachfront along the water, nearly 9,000 square-feet of dining areas including over 700 square feet on a rooftop terrace and other amenities. The project will go through multiple layers of the approval process, but the planning commission in December gave its blessing to the redevelopment concept. Last month, the Mayor and Council had before them a request to close a city-owned, seldom-used eastwest alley between 74th Street and 75th Street to accommodate the redevelopment project. Essentially what is a paper alley would be needed to accommodate the expanded parking for the establishment. Under the proposal, the town would convey the 100-foot paper alley to the property owner. In exchange, the property owner would convey an easement to the town for a 100-foot section of alley that runs north to south between the existing parking lot and the back of the Quiet Storm surf shop. That alley already exists and is 10 feet wide, allowing for vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between 75th and 74th streets. With the property owner conveying an easement to the town at 10 feet wide, the north-south alley would essentially become a 20-foot wide alley. In a nutshell, the property owners would gain access to the underutilized 100-foot east-west alley between 74th and 75th streets, while the town would get an expanded 20-foot alley running north to south between 74th and 75th streets. However, when the land swap was first proposed last month, it was pointed out there was a utility pole in the portion of the public right of way the town was getting in exchange for the paper eastwest alley, which would impede vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic and limit the use of the entire 20-foot right of way. While the Mayor and Council

A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the Atlantic Beach House site is pictured. Rendering by Fisher Architecture

didn’t object to the concept of the land swap, they wanted some assurances from the developer that the utility pole would be relocated. Attorney Joe Moore, representing the developer, at the time said he could not make that promise, but that he would go back to the Ropewalk ownership group and work out some arrangement to relocate the utility pole in the right of way. On Tuesday, City Engineer Terry McGean reported to the Mayor and Council the developer had agreed to foot the cost of relocating the utility pole out of the right of way. In addition, the developer has agreed to repave the northsouth alley when the property is redeveloped. “This is a continuation of a discussion from a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “They want us to relinquish the rights to an east-west alley in exchange for a 10-foot easement on the northwest alley in the same block. There is a utility pole in the easement that would impede the use of the alley, but the developer has agreed to pay the cost of relocating that pole, so those issues have been resolved.” Councilman Mark Paddack thanked Moore and his clients for making the accommodations to complete the alley swap. “Thank you to you and your clients for agreeing to fund moving that pole out of the public right of way,” he said. “It’s going to be a benefit to everybody involved. That’s a great example of collaboration.” During the discussion last month, McGean said the utility pole would have to be relocated in such a way as to keep the entire length of the north-south alley between 74th Street and 75th Street aligned properly. The alley currently runs behind the existing Station 3 firehouse at 74th Street, but that firehouse will eventually be closed and a new structure will be constructed at 65th Street. In the end, the council voted unanimously to declare the existing eastwest alley to be transferred to the developer to have no real public use. In a second motion, the council voted to schedule a public hearing on the proposed alley swap.

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OCEAN CITY – Despite having a stellar year with the investment returns in the town’s pension plans, a debate ensued this week over lowering the percentage assumptions going forward. During Tuesday’s work session, the Mayor and Council got an update on the town’s recent pension committee meeting. Ocean City has two pension plans, one for general employees and a separate plan for public safety employees. While both are healthy, the town and its employees invest in stocks, mutual funds and other assets to grow the pension plans and keep them with solid returns. The pension committee consults with investment consultants, whom advise where best to invest the town’s pension contributions for the biggest bang for the buck. Ocean City’s stated target goal for return on investment is 7%, but there have been years recently, especially during the pre-COVID years in 2018 and 2019, when that mark fell short. This year, however, the town’s return on investment for the pension funds soared to over 30%. With uncertainties going forward, one of the recommendations from the consultant was lowering the 7% assumption for the pension plans’ return on investment to something lower. During the meeting, there was a discussion of the challenge in future years of averaging a 7% annual investment return given the pension plans’ current near-term outlook and the market assumptions. A suggestion was made for a study of alternative asset allocation options. The study suggested a more aggressive allocation of the addition of less liquid alternatives will likely be necessary to achieve the desired investment returns. A second alternative is a reduction of the 7% investment return assumption. Councilman Mark Paddack recom-

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mended not reducing the 7% return on investment assumption. “They’re talking about reducing the assumption on the return on investment,” he said. “That seems like dumbing down the assumption. We had a 30% return in one quarter after we had two years of losing money. We have an obligation to assure our pensions are operating and functioning. I don’t know why one of the options is to reduce the 7% assumption when we just showed we can get a 30% return.” Paddack said lowering the assumed return on investment left the city just spinning wheels with its pension funds. “By reducing the assumption, we’re not getting ahead,” he said. “I can’t understand why we would consider dumbing down our assumption.” However, Mayor Rick Meehan said the town can’t look at the 30% return on investment for one quarter based on fluctuations in the market, which is why the return is averaged over time. “That’s why we average it over five years,” he said. “That gives us a clear picture of where we are.” The return on investment for 2021 was over 30%. Due to the smoothing over five years, the actual return on investment average is 7.7%, which is still over the stated goal of 7%. The 30% return in 2021 offset the losses in the prior two years. In any case, the town’s two pension funds remain in healthy condition, with the general employee plan funded at 88% and the public safety employee plan funded at 84%. The average public-sector employee pension plans are funded at around 72%. The pension committee recommended a contribution from the town’s general fund of $2.6 million this year, down by about $69,000 from last year. For the public safety employee pension plan, the committee recommended a $4.4 million contribution this year, down by about $5,000 from what was contributed last year.

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Officials Continue Broadband Talks

September 10, 2021

BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

SNOW HILL – County officials agreed to hold a work session later this month to discuss how to use federal funds to expand broadband access. The Worcester County Commissioners voted unanimously this week to schedule a work session later this month to talk about how to spend the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Though they’ve already indicated they would use some of the funds to extend sewer service to Lewis Road and the rest to focus on expanding broadband and providing financial support to local fire companies, they haven’t finalized details. Broadband has been and continues to be a priority for the commissioners. “Whatever it takes I think we need to push this forward,” Commissioner Ted Elder said. Talkie Communications, the company currently working with grant funds to install broadband in Worcester County, presented the commissioners with a request for a $5 million loan this week. The commissioners said they weren’t against providing a loan but wanted more information and to discuss the issue further. When presented a few minutes later with Chief Administrative Officer Weston Young’s recommendations regarding the first of the county’s two ARPA funding allocations — roughly $5 million — the commissioners said they wanted to talk about the federal funding and a potential loan to Talkie Communications in a work session. Young said that while the commissioners decided in July to use ARPA money to expand broadband access and support volunteer fire companies, actual spending breakdowns hadn’t been discussed. “The intention was to lay out where we stood now,” he said. According to Young, the fire companies have requested $60,000 for mental health resiliency training for all the county’s public safety personnel. The Maryland Broadband Cooperative has also requested $820,000 in funding. “We’d recommend that gets funded … ,” Young said. “That benefits every internet service provider as well as our emergency communications throughout the county.” Commissioner Josh Nordstrom made a motion to schedule a work session to allow for more ARPA discussion and consideration of the loan proposed by Talkie Communications. Commissioner Chip Bertino said he wanted to know more about the request from Maryland Broadband Cooperative. The commissioners agreed to schedule a work session for Sept. 21. Though the loan requested by Talkie was not approved at Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners did agree to lease the company space at the county’s old liquor warehouse. The company will use the space, which is being leased for $2,000 a month, primarily for storage.


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Volunteers Needed For Henry Park Basketball Court Painting Project

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

BERLIN – We Heart Berlin is seeking volunteers to help with the painting that will transform the Henry Park basketball courts into a work of art. The nonprofit We Heart Berlin, which got approval from town officials to essentially turn the basketball courts at Henry Park into a mural, is now signing up volunteers to help with the project. Painting is set to take place the week of Sept. 13. “We’re really looking forward to this and we’re stoked all these things have come together,” said Tony Weeg, president of We Heart Berlin. At the suggestion of We Heart Berlin’s Adrian Bowen, the nonprofit partnered with Shelton Hawkins, an Easton native known for using basketball courts as a canvas for public art. Bowen had seen what Hawkins did at other area courts and thought a bright new paint job, completed with the help of community residents, could bring new life to Henry Park. The Berlin Town Council approved We Heart Berlin’s proposal in July, and thanks to funding support from the

Members of the Town of Berlin’s public works department removed the existing basketball hoops at Henry Park.

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community and the Worcester County Arts Council, the nonprofit raised the more than $20,000 needed for the mural and new backboards. Hawkins is expected to spend the weekend drawing the lines on the courts for the mural, which was designed by Kelsey Hess, so that community members can help apply paint beginning Monday. Those interested in painting can sign up online at weheartberlin.org. Backboards will be installed later in the week. Weeg says the mural and new hardware will be celebrated Sept. 26 at Love Day, an event that will include a ribbon cutting at the courts as well as some free throws by elected officials and tournament play. The festivities will begin at noon. “We hope to make this a yearly event,” Weeg said. Councilwoman Shaneka Nichols, who lives on Flower Street, said she was thrilled that Henry Park would be receiving some much-needed attention. She said the neighborhood has been overlooked for some time. “It’s like someone has come by to a house that’s been left unattended, opened the shades, blown the dust off and realized just how beautiful it truly is,” Nichols said. “That’s what our neighborhood is.” Once the Henry Park projects are done, Weeg said We Heart Berlin would be focusing on bringing ping pong tables to John Howard Burbage Park on William Street. The town has offered the nonprofit opportunities to fundraise during Oktoberfest and the New Year’s Eve ball drop. Volunteers interested in helping during the events can sign up online.


Ocean Pines To Wait Until Court Hearing For Vote Count

September 10, 2021

BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Association will wait until after a Sept. 27 court hearing to count votes in this year’s board election. In a special meeting Tuesday, the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors agreed to not count returned votes until a hearing is held later this month regarding candidate Rick Farr’s eligibility in the 2021 board election. Specifically, the board voted to amend a motion passed on July 30 allowing the election process to continue and invalidating all votes reported for Farr. “We’re going to amend that to include that the board not execute this motion until after the hearing on Sept. 27, to be held in Snow Hill on this case,” President Larry Perrone said. The board’s decision came after an hour-long closed session to discuss the results of an Aug. 30 circuit court hearing in which Judge Sidney Campen ruled against a preliminary injunction halting the association’s 2021 board election. While the dismissal allowed the association to proceed with counting election ballots, no decision was made regarding Farr’s candidacy, and a separate hearing to discuss the matter will be held on Sept. 27. “This is a special meeting,” Perrone said this week, “and the purpose of the meeting this morning is for the board to discuss what steps we’re going to take at this point after the hearing results from last Monday in regard to the Farr v. OPA case.” Last month, Farr’s attorney, Bruce Bright, filed suit in Worcester County Circuit Court seeking a temporary restraining order to halt the 2021 board election until the court could rule on his client’s eligibility as a candidate. In July, Association Secretary Camilla Rogers disqualified Farr after receiving an anonymous tip about his homeownership status in the Pines. And on July 30, the Board of Directors voted in closed session to proceed with this year’s election and ballot count, but to invalidate all votes for Farr. According to the association’s by-

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laws, candidates must be a recorded property owner within Ocean Pines on Jan. 1 of the year in which the election is held. The OPA contends that Farr is not an owner of record, but a successor trustee to the property listed on his candidate application, while Farr’s attorney asserts he has been the “equitable and beneficial owner” of the property since 2000, based on his status as a beneficiary of the Farr Living Trust. On Aug. 10, Judge Beau Oglesby granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the association from counting ballots and certifying election results. And on Aug. 19, that order was extended through Aug. 30, the same day as the preliminary injunction hearing. During public comments at Tuesday’s special meeting, Director Doug Parks told community members he wanted to maintain transparency, but was following the advice of legal counsel to discuss the matter in closed session. “While it’s certainly not my prefer-

ence, we certainly need to abide by that requirement,” he said. Parks added he did not support calls for a new election, as it would cost time and money, but agreed with Campen’s suggestion that the OPA proceed with counting votes. “It sounds to me the judge has given us more than a subtle hint,” he said. “My position is … we should count the votes and that we should wait for the judgement on the 27th to take the required action based on that judgment.” For his part, Director Tom Janasek said he wanted the board to discuss the matter in open session. “I know counsel wants to go into closed session because of counsel discussion,” he said. “But my opinion is that we as a community have paid for counsel to do this legal work, and we as a community deserve to hear from counsel as to what is going on with this issue and hear the discussion of what the board is going to decide, not just hear

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the results. So I am against going into closed session for something that completely involves everyone within Ocean Pines, not just a couple people on the board or a couple people running for office.” Director Colette Horn, however, disagreed. “The issue here is that there is pending litigation regarding the issue we’ll be discussing and receiving counsel’s advice from,” she said. “That’s what makes it more important that we go into closed session, so that our counsel can speak freely with us and that we can make a decision and come back into open session and conduct our business based on that input.” A motion to go into closed session passed 5-1, with Janasek opposed and Rogers abstaining. Following the closed session, the board reconvened in open session and the amended motion from July 30 passed with Perrone, Rogers, Horn and Director Frank Brown in favor and Parks and Janasek opposed. Director Frank Daly, a candidate in this year’s board election, abstained from voting.

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Local officials joined descendants of the Briddell family Sept. 3 to unveil historic Briddletown Road landmark signs. “It’s always very important when you talk about your history and you put it in perspective,” Worcester County Commissioner Diana Purnell said. “Today we have history all around us.” Flower Street, from Seahawk Road to Route 376, runs straight through the heart of Briddletown, which was named after the Briddell family. Land records indicate that the history of Briddletown goes back to 1866, following the close of the Civil War. Thirteen individual property titles – with parcels ranging in size from one to four acres lining the main road along Flower Street in and around the Kitts Branch tributary of Trappe Creek east of the Town of Berlin – make it possible to track the community’s development, according to county officials. Members of the Briddell family said Worcester County government worked with them to recognize the area known for seven generations as Briddletown. In 2018, the family and local officials celebrated the installation of an interpretive panel along Flower Street that maps the development of the Briddletown community. Last week’s unveiling of Briddletown Road signs — one at the intersection of Seahawk Road and Flower Street and another at the intersection of Flower Street and Honeysuckle Lane — coincided with the 40th annual Briddell family reunion. Purnell credited the efforts of Sharon BriddellFowlis and the rest of the Briddell family in bringing recognition to the area. “They are descendants of George and Martha Briddell, the first African American family to purchase property in this place in an era when society worked to deter this…,” Purnell said. “Their actions have ensured their family legacy, which is a piece of Worcester County’s history, will be remembered and talked about from generation to generation.” Briddell-Fowlis thanked county officials for their help in bringing the interpretive sign as well as the lane markers to the neighborhood. She pointed out the unveiling ceremony was taking place in the yard in front of Sarah Briddell Smack’s home. The home was where the first Briddell family reunion was held more than 40 years ago. “It’s only fitting for us to be in this yard today,” she said. “Cousin Sarah worked so hard on the family reunion.” Melanie Pursel, director of the Worcester County Office of Tourism and Economic Development, said she hoped the county could bring even more attention to Briddletown in the future. Sen. Mary Beth Carozza said that as someone who’d grown up in Worcester County, she was happy to see its history celebrated. “The fact that we have this history here, it’s being recognized, it’s being preserved, it’s the story that needs to be told,” she said.


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Cigarette Smuggling, False ID Charges BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – A Delaware man was arrested on a slew of charges last weekend after being found in possession of cartons of unstamped, untaxed cigarettes, a large amount of cash and a false identification. Around 6:30 p.m. last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported suspicious vehicle on 3rd Street. Upon ar rival, officers observed a Dodge Magnum with temporary Texas tags parked on 3rd Street with Moussa Diarrassouba, 47, of Wilmington, Del. sitting on the sidewalk in front of the vehicle. According to police reports, the vehicle had heavy damage to the passenger side. Officers reportedly saw marijuana in plain view within the vehicle. Initially, Diarrassouba identified himself as “Alhamdov Dembele,” and OCPD officers determined the vehicle had been registered under the name Dembele, according to police reports. At first, Diarrassouba told police he did not have any identification. However, OCPD officers located an Illinois driver’s license with the name Diarrassouba and the suspect then confirmed his identity. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, OCPD officers located 49 cartons of unstamped cigarettes, 10 receipts from cigarette sales from various locations in Delaware, three laptop computers still in boxes, over $10,000 in cash and numerous receipts for wire transfers in various amounts. Police also located a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license with Diarrassouba’s picture, but with the name Jeffrey Stoudt. Officers also located a couple of credit cards under the name Jeffrey Stoudt. When questioned about the false identities, Diarrassouba reportedly told police Stoudt was his friend and must have left the license and cards in his vehicle, according to police reports. When questioned about the large amount of cash, Diarrassouba reportedly told police he won the money in the lottery, and he was in Ocean City to visit his son, according to police reports. Diarrassouba later recanted his story and told police he sent his picture to somebody and they had sent him a fake driver’s license under the name Jeffrey Stoudt. The suspect also told police at first that he had bought the 49 cartons of cigarettes for friends, but later told police he had purchased the untaxed and unstamped cigarettes to resell for a profit. A background check revealed Diarrassouba had an extensive history of theft, forgery, tampering with identification, theft by deception and identity theft. He was arrested and charged with fraud, transporting unstamped cigarettes and possession of a false identification.

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BERLIN – A new fundraising event is expected to benefit Worcester County’s only child advocacy center. On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Cricket Center will host “An Evening at the Barn at Sandy Point Farm.” Patty Falck, president of the Cricket Center Foundation, said funds raised through the event will benefit the organization and its efforts to serve abused children in Worcester County. “These kids need to know that there are people there that are willing to help them,” she said. The Cricket Center is Worcester County’s only child advocacy center, which brings together a multidisciplinary team made up of law enforcement officers, child protective services personnel, prosecutors, advocates, mental health therapists and medical personnel to collaborate on child abuse cases in a safe, neutral facility. And while child advocacy centers are mandated by the state, they are not funded. To that end, the Cricket Center relies on competitive grants, county funding, and fundraisers to run its program. Organizers say the upcoming event will be the first nonprofit fundraiser to be

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Street Performer Confronted OCEAN CITY – A Frederick, Md. man was arrested last weekend after allegedly confronting a Boardwalk street performer who was preaching. Around 11:45 p.m. last Friday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer on bike patrol on the Boardwalk was dispatched to the area of 2nd Street for a report of a male suspect attempting to start fights with people on the Boardwalk. The officer arrived and identified the suspect as Nicholas Rea, 37, of Frederick, Md. As the officer approached the scene, Rea was observed about two feet away from the Boardwalk street performer who was preaching, according to police reports. Rea was pointing his finger at the street performer about three inches from his face and was screaming at the performer who was preaching, according to police reports. A crowd had reportedly formed around the scene and had begun recording the incident with cell phones, according to police reports. As the officer escorted Rea away from the scene, the crowd began cheering, according to police reports. The officer reportedly explained Rea was being disorderly, but Rea refused to admit he had been committing a crime and refused several requests to provide his identification, according to police reports. OCPD officers interviewed a witness, who claimed she had been assaulted by Rea. The witness told officers she and her kids were disturbed by Rea’s profanity and interactions with

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COPS & COURTS the street performer, according to police reports. When the witness confronted Rea, he allegedly pointed his finger in her face, touching her cheek. Rea was ultimately arrested and charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing and hindering.

Traffic Stop Yields Weapons OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested this week after weapons were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Around 1:45 a.m. on Monday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling in the north end observed a vehicle make an illegal U-turn in the middle of Sinepuxent Avenue near 133rd Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, later identified as Reginald Riley, 49, of Brookhaven, Pa. Upon contact with the driver, the officer reportedly detected an odor of alcoholic beverage. The officer also observed loose marijuana in the vehicle, according to police reports. The officer observed a bottle of water in the center console bearing the name of a

midtown nightclub. Riley acknowledged he had been at the midtown nightclub with family members, but did not respond to a question about how much he had to drink, according to police reports. When asked to step out of the vehicle, Riley refused and said he was just parked outside of his residence and just wanted to go inside. Riley reportedly refused to get out of the vehicle because he felt threatened by police officers. For about 20 minutes, OCPD officers attempted to reason with Riley, but he continued to refuse to get out of his vehicle, according to police reports. He eventually did get out of the vehicle, but refused to complete field sobriety tests. At that point, he was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. During a search of the vehicle, OCPD officers reportedly located a metal rod with a handle resembling a crow bar, considered a deadly weapon. OCPD officers also located a stun gun in the center console, according to police reports. In addition to the DUI charges, Riley was also charged with possession of a deadly

High-Speed Crash In Snow Hill SNOW HILL – The operator of a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase in Snow Hill last week was transported to Shock Trauma in critical condition. Around 10 p.m. last Thursday, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on Snow Hill Road for a speed violation. Almost immediately after the vehicle pulled to the shoulder and stopped, the vehicle accelerated away and entered the town of Snow Hill at a high rate of speed. The vehicle, driven by Brandon Davis, 31, of Salisbury, with his passenger Deonte White, 21, of Salisbury, continued on Washington Street at a high rate of speed with the deputy in pursuit. The vehicle hit a parked car on Washington Street, and then came to rest after hitting a residence on Washington Street. Davis was transported to the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma in Baltimore where he was listed in critical, but stable condition. White was transported to Tidal Health in Salisbury where he was treated and released. The crash remained under investigation by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Officer Reconstruction Team. Anyone with information is urged to contact Deputy First-Class Michael Valerio at 410-632-1111.

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... COPS & COURTS OCEAN CITY – A Fallston man was arrested last week after allegedly assaulting family members at a north-end condo. Around 10:15 last Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of 142nd Street for a reported assault that had occurred. The caller was a 13-year-old male, advised his uncle, later identified as David DeVries, 35, of Fallston, Md., had assaulted him and his grandmother, according to police reports. OCPD officers arrived and interviewed with the 13-year-old and his aunt, who advised DeVries had slapped her during an argument the night before. The investigation revealed DeVries had been in an argument with the female victim about who had rented the condo in which they were staying. The argument escalated with DeVries reportedly striking the female victim, punching her and slapping her in the face, according to police reports. When the 13-year-old boy attempted to intervene, DeVries allegedly pushed the boy down to the ground, according to police reports. When OCPD officers arrived, DeVries was no longer at the scene. The female victim reached DeVries via cell phone and OCPD officers attempted to speak with him, but he was uncooperative and refused to return, according to police reports. The victims reportedly told police

they were concerned about DeVries returning and that they feared for their lives because of his mental state. OCPD officers advised the victims how to secure their residence and advised them to call police if he returned, according to police reports. About two hours later, DeVries returned to the residence and forcefully broke the door in and entered the unit. The 13-year-old victim told police he was so scared that he hid in a bedroom with a frying pan. OCPD officers returned to the scene and found DeVries in the unit and arrested him for second-degree assault. OCPD officers observed dents to the exterior door and the interior door had been dislodged from the wall. No other damage to the unit was located. The investigation revealed several members of the family were on vacation at the condo rented in the female victim’s name. DeVries was charged with three counts of second-degree assault. He was later released on a $10,000 bond.

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ports. Ocean City Communications advised a female could be heard screaming in the background on the call. OCPD officers arrived on scene and met with the male victim, who was reportedly bleeding from a scratch on the bridge of his nose and also had a scratch on his cheek. The female of the couple, later identified as Alexa Guidone, 33, of Quakertown, Pa., was sitting on the bed crying hysterically, according to police reports. Guidone reportedly told officers she had been in a verbal argument with the male victim, but did not elaborate if the altercation had turned physical. OCPD officers interviewed the male victim, who reportedly advised he and Guidone had been in an argument at an area bar and he returned to the hotel

room without her. Guidone reportedly texted the male repeatedly to come back for her. When the male did not go back to the bar, Guidone returned to the room and was irate, according to police reports. The male victim told police he tried to leave the room at least two times, but Guidone blocked the doorway. When the male victim began recording Guidone with his cell phone, she became irate and started clawing at him in an attempt to take his phone away, according to police reports. After Guidone clawed the victim’s face with her fingernails, the victim was able to call the police. Based on the evidence and testimony, Guidone was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

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BERLIN – The Board of Trustees for Atlantic General Hospital/Health System have announced they will be retaining a national search firm to identify candidates for a new leader following the departure of Michael Franklin, former president and CEO. "We thank Michael for his commitment and professionalism over the past 17 years and wish him great success," said Greg Shockley, chair of the board of trustees. The announcement of Franklin’s departure was effective as of Friday, Sept. 3. The Exec- MICHAEL utive Committee of the FRANKLIN Board of Trustees identified Dr. Sally Dowling, Vice President of Medical Affairs, and Kim Justice, Vice President, Planning/Operations, to serve as co-interim President/CEO while a national search is conducted to identify a permanent replacement. “The board has full confidence in Kim and Dr. Dowling to lead our independent community hospital.” said Shockley. “We appreciate all that our associates and caregivers, our medical staff, our DR. SALLY senior leadership team DOWLING and our boards do to continue to provide the highest level of service and care for our community.” Franklin has been at the helm of the hospital since 2005. Before joining AGH, he was the chief operating officer of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. Atlantic General Hospital and Health System is an independent community hospital serving Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland as well as Sussex County, Delaware. Just last week the hospital cele- KIM JUSTICE brated the groundbreaking for the Gudelsky Family Medical Center in Berlin. Hospital officials confirmed they will continue to move forward with these plans and have no intentions of affiliating with any other health system at this time. Atlantic General Hospital plans to remain an independent community hospital, according to a statement from the hospital.

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BERLIN – From Pocomoke to Ocean City, Berlin to Ocean Pines, there’s something happening at every corner of the region during Worcester County History Week, scheduled for Oct. 10-16. History Week evolved from an annual tour of historic homes presented by the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum begun in 2017. This year, along with the continuation of the home tour, events are planned at the Sturgis One Room Schoolhouse Museum and the Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke, the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill, the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum in Berlin, the Ocean Pines Association, and the Worcester County Libraries and Worcester County Tourism. Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum Curator Christine Okerblom is among the organizers of the expanded event this year.

“History week opens the door to our region's past, allowing residents and visitors alike to learn more about Worcester County's rich history,” she said. “Our local libraries, museums, and historic sites have come together to create Worcester County History Week. We hope that this weeklong event becomes a fall tradition for all who attend.” Among the scheduled events, Alec Staley, the local history librarian for Worcester County Libraries, will host educational sessions both in Snow Hill and Ocean Pines. "Worcester County Library is excited to join History Week, and to show our commitment to preserving local history,” he said. “The first libraries in Worcester County were the Friendly Library in Berlin, the Snow Hill Library, and the Pocomoke City Library, all operating in the early 1900s. These libraries were all independently operated by donations or

through a subscription service.” Later, Staley said, Ocean City formed a small, independent library around 1950. “It was not until December 8, 1959, that Worcester County Library was formed into a publicly funded system that now includes the Snow Hill, Pocomoke City, Berlin, Ocean City, and the relatively new Ocean Pines library,” Staley said. “During History Week, we will be showing old photographs, documents, and newspaper clippings to celebrate Worcester County Library’s history, and our deep connection with the community." The full lineup of events, as of this week, are: Oct. 12: Delmarva Discovery Museum (2 Market Street, Pocomoke City), Ocean Pines Players Theater Company Brings History to Life, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Regular admission. Experience an inter-

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Pictured, from left, are Head of Upper School Mike Grosso, Cpl. Eric Lenz, Head of Lower School Sara Timmons, teachers Madelyn Beebe, Cheryl Marshall and Kim Jankowski, Head of Middle School Megan Wallace, Sgt. Stephen Hallman, Head of School John McDonald, teachers Laura Holmes and Hunter Causey, Sgt. Jason Crowe and Lt. Earl Starner. Submitted Photo

BERLIN – Prior to the students returning, Worcester Preparatory School faculty and staff participated in CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) training. Maryland State Police Sgt. Stephen Hallman presented the difficult topic of an active shooter situation, and the ways to increase the chances of surviving such an event, while also protecting students. Also in attendance was Cpl. Eric Lenz, Sgt. Jason Crowe and Lt. Earl Starner of the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack. The CRASE course is designed and built around the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” strategy developed by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center in 2004. This course provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills. The CRASE course is an instructor led, question

and answer session geared toward churches, businesses, and public organizations. “In order to provide an educational environment conducive to higher learning, safety has to remain our number one priority,” Head of Upper School Mike Grosso said. “Along with the drills that we practice and the codes that we have in place, this was a wonderful opportunity for us to host the event and be more prepared in case of an emergency.” To learn more about CRASE training, or to schedule a course for your business, organization or community please contact Hallman at 410-2029670 or Starner at 443-496-0258. Hallman has earned multiple certifications in the ALERRT program based in San Marcos, Texas. He is a certified instructor for ALERRT’s CRASE as well as a certified trainer for Incident Responses to Terrorist Bombings from New Mexico Tech’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center.

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FROM PAGE 26 highlights will include seafood cooking demonstrations, crab-picking contests, fish-cleaning demonstrations, local angler displays, nautical artisans, educational exhibits, entertainment, food, and fun children’s activities. Oct. 11-15: Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum (813 South Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City) presents History of our Surfmen, 1 p.m. Offered for free, the museum will take a close look at equipment that was used by the United States Life-Saving Service to conduct a rescue. This program will be held inside the museum's boat room. Open Nominations: Ocean City LifeSaving Station Museum, Annual Spirit Award. The museum invites locals to submit nominations for the Spirit Award, honoring those who have helped preserve local history. Both individuals and organizations are eligible. Visit www.ocmuseum.org for nomination requirements. Open Submissions: Ocean City LifeSaving Station Museum’s Lou Parsons III Memorial Photo Contest. Lou Parsons was a beloved member of the Ocean City Museum Board for many years. In honor of Parsons, the museum will host a photo contest. Visit www.ocmuseum.org for requirements. Online entries will be accepted until Oct. 1. A winner in each category will be announ-ced on Oct. 16, along with a

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grand prize winner. Oct. 10: Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, Historic House Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers, are available at www.ocmuseum.org The Ocean City Museum Society will host its third annual Historic House Tour. Spend the day discovering the history of everyone’s favorite beach town! This event will allow guests to step into the past and tour some of Ocean City's oldest homes, churches, and establishments. At each location, an educator will be on-site to discuss the unique history of the building. Oct. 11: Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, Fall Photo Opportunity, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, stop by the museum for a unique, fall photo opportunity. Pose with a display of fall flowers, pumpkins, and hay located on the boardwalk in front of the museum’s shark display. A staff member will be onsite to take each family photo. Oct. 12: Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, Book Signing and Reading with Local Author. Free admission; book purchases are an added charge Local author Maria Grosskettler will sign copies of her newest book, "Tracks." In addition to reading a selection from her book, she will share her experience of researching Berlin history. Oct. 13: Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, Preserving of the Past,

Free limited space is available, and registration is required. Visit www.ocmuseum.org. Join Assistant Curator Cara Downey and local history librarian Alec Staley in learning how to preserve old photographs and paper. Oct. 15: Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, Paranormal Event. Tickets are available at www.ocmuseum.org. Space is limited. Follow along with the Dead of Night Paranormal team and experience the spirits that occupy the Ocean City LifeSaving Station during evening hours. Oct. 16: Ocean City Life-Saving Sta-

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tion Museum, History Comes to Life, 14 p.m. Free. Actors from Ocean Pines Players will portray figures from Ocean City's storied past. Meet Zippy Lewis, who made a living selling shipwreck remains. Ocean City's first doctor, from 1900, will share what it was like being the only physician in town. Last but not least, meet Laughing Sal, known as the Laughing Lady. More info: www.ocmuseum.org For more information on Worcester County History Week, visit www.facebook.com/WorcesterCountyHistoryWeek.


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Golf Tourney Remembers Stiles

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Golfers and organizers of the Ernie Stiles Bavarian Hops Scramble are pictured with a figure Stiles created to collect donations. Submitted Photo

BERLIN – Ocean Pines golfers raised $1,200 during the 15th Annual Ernie Stiles Bavarian Hops Scramble, held Aug. 27 at the Ocean Pines Golf Club. The event, each year, is held in honor of the late Ernie Stiles and is hosted by the Ocean Pines Golf Members Council. Don McMullen and Bob Long coordinated this year's event. To date, the scramble has raised more than $30,000 for local charities. “Ernie’s idea was simply to bring together some good people and go out for nine holes, have some good fun, and support some good causes,” McMullen said. Long said the event always has a lighthearted atmosphere. Longtime traditions include a toast, “Nostrovia,” to good health before teeing off. Players then “head to the course and let their hair down a bit,” he said. “Ernie ran the Hops Scramble on his own for many years as a fun event,” Long said. “He charged $5 to play and all the money would get paid out to the skin winners. Often, no skins were cleared and the money would go to the charities.” Stiles created a stick figure, called “the Hops Guy,” who holds a donation box and is placed at the seventh tee. Players donate a few dollars, or maybe more, as they pass by to tee up their shot. Tournament proceeds often went to

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Stiles’ favorite charities, Diakonia and the Humane Society, and money collected this year will again benefit those two organizations. “In other years, the Hops Scramble helped local people who were having a tough time,” Long said. “In 2017, the members took responsibility for the Hops Scramble and that year made significant donations to Cancer and ALS research. After Ernie's passing in 2018, we have again focused on local charities." Along with the skins (the rewards for winning a hole outright), golfers vie for the coveted “Hops Hat” by getting closest to the pin on the seventh hole. Nongolfers, meanwhile, join in on the fun by being part of a grandstand where they cheer and jeer for players as they attempt their shots. “Again, our members and friends had a great time at this annual event,” McMullen said. “Congratulations to Kevin Brooks and Jeff Smith, who collected the only skins of the events and went home with all the prize money. And congratulations to John Malinowski IV, who won the rights to wear the Hops Hat with his closest-to-the-pin shot at the seventh hole.” “Thanks to all for supporting the Humane Society and Diakonia, and thanks to Darin Stuiber and his group for adding to the celebration that took place at the seventh hole,” Long said. “We hope to see everyone again next year.”

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Petting Zoo, Pony Rides Approved At Annual Home Show

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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last weekend. Surf Check: Two local surfers are pictured checking out the conditions before an early evening session Photo by Chris Parypa

OCEAN CITY – The annual home show in Ocean City next month will have an added amenity this year after resort officials this month signed off on a petting zoo for the event. The Home and Condo Show, along with the Arts and Crafts Fair and the O.C. Pet Expo, is set for the weekend of Oct. 22-25 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Last week, Convention Center Director Larry Noccolino and Jeanette Trimper of Ocean Promotions, the event’s promoter, came before the Mayor and Council seeking approval to add a petting zoo and pony rides to the annual event. The proposal calls for a small animal petting zoo in coordination with the Funny Farm Petting Zoo out of Salisbury. Inside the exhibit halls at the convention center, children attending the Home and Condo Show with their parents could visit the small animal petting zoo with kidfriendly animals including bunnies, ducklings, bearded dragon lizards, chicks, and guinea pigs, for example. Outside, in a cordoned-off area of the convention center parking lot, the event would host miniature pony rides for children under 50 pounds on Saturday of the annual home and condo show and pet expo. A town ordinance prohibits certain exotic animals, which is why the promoter and Noccolino had to come before the Mayor and Council for approval. However, those rules have often been bent for the private sector in recent years. For example, this summer the council approved a special permit request from the Barn Hill Preserve in Delaware to bring certain exotic animals to private businesses for display. Noccolino explained the non-domesticated animal permit for the convention center show had been reviewed through the proper channels. “It’s unique and it’s interesting,” he said. “We went through the risk manager, the health department, and the city solicitor. We got approval from all of them.” Trimper said allowing the small animal petting zoo at the Home and Condo Show would attract more families with small children. “We are proposing to do a small animal petting zoo,” she said. “This is something we want to incorporate to bring more families to the Home and Condo show.” Trimper said adding the miniature pony rides outside would be an added amenity for families with small children attending the annual event. “These are small animals you would see in a typical pet store,” she said. “We also want to have two miniature ponies for pony rides outside.” The council approved the special permit with a 6-0 vote with Councilman John Gehrig absent.


First Local Run Wild For Autism Event Set For Assateague

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND – Organizers are gearing up for the first local Run Wild for Autism event. On Sunday, Oct. 3, Pathfinders for Autism will host its first annual Run Wild for Autism Assateague Island. Held at Assateague Island State Park, organizers say the event will include a walk/run, followed by a resource fair that includes kid activities, food and family friendly entertainment. “We’re really encouraging families to come out,” said Pathfinders for Autism Development Director Katie Ramirez. “It’s a community event.” Pathfinders for Autism is a statewide organization that works to support and improve the lives of individuals affected by autism through programming, resources, training and free activities. Ramirez noted that fundraising events such as Run Wild for Autism make it possible for the nonprofit to support its mission. “The funds we raise at this event are going to allow us to provide more programmatic needs to the Eastern Shore,” she added. Eleven years ago, Pathfinders for Autism launched its Run Wild for Autism fundraiser at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. And for the first time, the organization is bringing the event to Assateague Island. “In keeping with the title, it made sense to do the event on Assateague Island because we would be running with the wild animals on Assateague Island,” Ramirez said. Run Wild for Autism Assateague Island – a casual three-mile run/walk or one-mile fun run – will kick off at 9 a.m., with registration taking place an hour prior. Ramirez noted that the course will start at the state park parking lot and will follow the bike trail 1.5 miles out. Participants can then return on the bike trail, or up the beach and back to the parking lot. “When the walk is over, it will essentially be a resource fair at that point,” she said. “There will be an opportunity for families to learn more about Pathfinders for Autism and our partners.” Ramirez noted that the Autistic Chil-

The Prince family will be this year's family ambassador for the first annual Run Wild For Autism fundraiser. Pictured, from left, are Abby, 10; Emma, 7; Olivia, 9; and Kim and Eric Prince. Submitted Photo

dren’s Support Group of Worcester County, Atlantic General Hospital, Oceanfront Counseling and other representatives will be in attendance. The event will also feature kid-friendly activities and entertainment provided by DJ Matt Romanowski and Cascading Carlos. “This is really meant to be a community event, so we want families to come and have fun,” she said, “create T-shirts and come up with a fun team name.” This year, the Prince family, which includes Kim Prince and her 10-year-old daughter, Abby, will serve as this year’s ambassador family. Ramirez said Prince, a board member for the Autistic Children’s Support Group of Worcester County, has been instrumental in bringing the Run Wild event to Assateague Island. “I’ve been here for 13 years, and I see the lack of resources we have on the Eastern Shore for children with autism and related disorders,” Prince said. “I recognize the wonderful things Pathfinders for Autism offers, and they really try to offer it throughout the entire state of Maryland.” Prince noted that events such as the Run Wild fundraiser are crucial, as they raise awareness of local resources. “It’s a great community event, but it will also be an awesome resource fair so people in our community can start to

learn these resources are out there and that people are working really hard to make them available,” she said. Ramirez agreed, noting the nonprofit helps people from the moment their child is diagnosed with autism. She added that Autism Spectrum Disorder affects one in 52 children in Maryland. “I feel we need more awareness, understanding and acceptance,” she said. “That’s really what this walk/run is about.” Ramirez said those interested in Run Wild for Autism Assateague Island can

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pre-register for the event, or sign up to participate virtually, at https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Berlin/RunWildforAutismAssateagueIsland. Pathfinders for Autism is also seeking volunteers to man the event. “If anybody’s looking for service hours, we are looking for volunteer,” she said. While individual registration is available, organizers are encouraging families to participate as a team, as superlatives and incentives will be awarded for most creative T-shirts, most creative team name and top fundraising team. Local schools, sports teams and businesses are also encouraged to participate. “We are looking for businesses to sign on as a sponsor, but there are also opportunities for smaller businesses to register as a corporate team and raise money as a corporate team,” Ramirez said. “Depending on how much they raise, they get marketing opportunities as well.” A discount is available online to those who register for both the Baltimore and Assateague Island Run Wild events, Ramirez. The registration fee for Run Wild for Autism Assateague Island also includes a park entrance fee, so participants can stay and play on the beach. “I’m so excited to see this event happen on the Eastern Shore and for Pathfinders to be offering it,” Prince said. “It’s just awesome.”


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Hospice’s Annual Blues On The Bay Benefit Sept. 22

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Post-Labor Day: Baltimore Avenue is pictured Tuesday morning in Ocean City after a busy holiday weekend. Though the weekends will remain busy through the fall, the pace slows considerably in September in the area.

Photo by Chris Parypa

SALISBURY – The annual Blues on the Bay fundraiser at Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill in Ocean City will return on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The highly anticipated event, which went on hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, with a front-row view of the sunset over the bay. “We are even more excited than usual to attend Blues on the Bay, which is graciously hosted by Macky and Pam Stansell and their team,” said Tammy Patrick, Director of Development for Coastal Hospice. “Macky’s offers an open-air experience where people can celebrate being together. Better yet, the event benefits a great cause – charitable care at Stansell House – which helps assure everyone who needs residential hospice services can afford them.” Established in 2011, Blues on the Bay was conceived to help fund the development of what now is Stansell House, the first residential hospice on the Lower Shore. During the last decade, the event raised more than $120,000 to help provide the final push needed to complete the facility and open to the public. Reservations for Blues on the Bay are $75 per person and may be made at coastalhospice.org/event/blues-on-thebay/ or by calling 410-742-8732.

OC’s Green Team Planning Cleanup Day On Saturday

OCEAN CITY – The Town of Ocean City’s Coastal Resources Legislative Committee “Green Team” will be hosting a cleanup day on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. This cleanup is in coordination with the International Coastal Cleanup promoted by the Ocean Conservancy. Cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves, and other materials can be picked up at City Hall at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The focus will be on the downtown area however, all locations within the town can be targeted for cleaning. “Trash travels and whether you are inland or on the water, the bay and ocean are always downstream. Ocean trash is a global problem but we can be a local solution,” said Ocean City Environmental Engineer Gail Blazer. “Come help be a part of the solution.” Service learning hours will be available. For more information, contact Gail Blazer at 410-289-8825.


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Klim Brailko, 6, in Ocean City.

Sienna Pearce, 13, in Ocean City

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Maggie Fuson, 6, in Ocean City

Rhett Kasyn Mills, 2, in Ocean City

KIDS of Summer (Part 3)

Ava Edwards, 11, Thomas Vaughan, 3, and Cailé Edwards, 13, in Ocean City

It’s our pleasure to produce the 15th Annual Kids of Summer photo series, featuring little ones of all ages, from near and far, enjoying all that comes with the summer season. If you would like your child(ren) featured in this space, there’s still time. Just email us your photo(s) at editor@mdcoastdispatch.com or mail to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811 with the child’s name, age and location.

Makailee Shultz, 11, and Jalisa Vega, 8, in Ocean City

Madison Hoke, 8, on Assateague Island National Seashore

Arien Moore, 7, in Ocean City

Caroline Fuson, 8, Ocean City

Bryce Hermani, 2, Ocean City

Evan Mairs, 17, and Erin Mairs, 15, in Ocean City

Ryan Hermani, 10 months, in Ocean City

Mckenna Schlegel, 12, in Ocean City

Kaliyah Welty, 1, in Ocean City

Elijah Rodriquez, 3, in Ocean City

Cameran Mersinger, 4, in Ocean City

Mason West, 9 months, in Ocean City

Kamila Naylor, 12, in Fenwick Island

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Clearing Confusion About Common Ocean Nuisances Guarding the Beach

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OCEAN CITY – Usually, by late August we are seeing and feeling some jellyfish in the water and beginning to get some of our fall weather. This is, coincidently, our busiest time of year on the beach. The beach population is high, and the surf is beginning to pick up due to the fall weather. All of a sudden you hear a small child whining about something itchy in the water. What could it be? Some people believe it is sea lice (this is a poor term since it has no relation to what people think of when they hear “lice”). The correct term for this condition is “Sea bather's eruption” and describes the symptoms and not the cause. “Sea lice” is a form of jellyfish larvae, that can cause a stinging or itching sensation. Others believe it is the crab larva that can get trapped in your suit and cause minor irritation. Most beach goers get relief when they jump in the pool, rinse off with fresh water, or just dry off and wait about 15 minutes. I am going to give you information on both and let you decide what is “bugging” you. There are two different forms of larvae that are classified as sea lice, the thimble jellyfish (Linuche unguiculate), and a sea anemone (Linuche unguiculate). With

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what you are experiencing is a result of jellyfish larvae then you can also treat it the same as a regular jellyfish sting. Our lifeguards do typically carry a “sting-kill” wipe in their medical kits that will help to alleviate some of the itching, however, the only home remedy that is generally considered effective is vinegar. The other nuisance is a crustacea called decapod megalops larvae. They are tiny crab larvae that can get trapped in the more restrictive areas of your suit and cause some discomfort. Some people are able to pull them from areas like the waistband of their suit and can see tiny translucent creatures with two black dots (eyes). These are less harmful, but just as annoying as sea lice. You can ex-

pect an itching or burning sensation, similar to sea lice, there is even the possibility of a small rash. However, with the megalops you can just hop in a pool or rinse off with fresh water and end up feeling right as rain. Both are annoying and come and go with the wind and the tide. Calm days with little wind and wave action tend to be the worst, because they remain close to shore in larger number and are not being disrupted by the churning of breaking waves. Meaning there is no telling what time of year they will be in OC. (The writer has been with the beach patrol for 18 years and is currently a sergeant. He is a physical education teacher at Berlin Intermediate School.)


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People in Society While here in Ocean City for the summer, J-1 students Ecaterina Stati, Cornelais Danda, and Ima Ursli helped out at Son’Spot Ministries Thursday Night Ministry Dinner.

by Jeanette Deskiewicz Featuring Those Helping Causes In The Resort Area

At the ArtX Festival, Lyle Dillon, Cindy Dillon, and Debbie Gousha got the word out about the Sierra Clubs’ new Lower Eastern Shore Group of Maryland Chapter.

Promoting the annual Ocean City Film Festival with screenings at ArtX were Rob Waters, BL Strang-Moya and Ian Postley.

Fish Stamping was one of the many activities available during the ArtX Festival with Kacie Neeb and Audrey Sizemore leading the way.

Deputy Aaron Handy and Ruth Ann Jenkins made sure attendees of the Wicomico County Fair knew there were plenty of job opportunities available with the county right now.

During one of the recent Son’Spot Ministries Thursday Night Dinners, Patrick Orgler and Daniel Smera prepared a delicious Bulgarian themed meal.

Pastor Gary Steger and Associate Pastor Samson Koshi welcome everyone to join them at the Son’Spot for a free meal and prayer every Thursday Night.

Funny Farm Petting Zoo’s Tabatha Robert and Pure International Jr. Miss Delaware Miranda Morgan encouraged visitors to interact with the variety of animals on hand at the Wicomico County Fair.

At the Wicomico County Fair Jennifer Albero and Tyeshia Justice of the Wicomico County Solid Waste Division handed out goody bags and other free stuff.

Art League of Ocean City Executive Director Rina Thaler and Intern Extraordinaire Chase Frost had mascot Bob helping them out at their informational booth at the ArtX Festival.


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Each week staff photographer Chris Parypa is tasked with submitting a photo from his vast library to be featured in this space. Above, the Inlet parking lot was being transformed this week with big tents erected in advance of this weekend’s Wine on the Beach event. To purchase any of Parypa’s photos, click over to www.chrisparypa.com.


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HOROSCOPES ARIES (March 21 to April 19): Mars, your ruling planet, helps you deal with career challenges in a way that reflects some of your own hidden strengths. This impresses some important decision-makers. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): Your strong Bovine will, combined with your romantic nature (you are ruled by Ve-nus), helps turn a romance with a potential for problems into one with more-positive possibilities. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Mercury's influence creates some unsettling moments, but nothing that you can't live with. You'll soon learn more about that major change that is about to be revealed. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Opportunities for you are like the phases of the Moon: constantly appearing and reappearing. So, cheer up. The opportunity you think you let slip by will be replaced by another. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): An opportunity that you hoped would open up for you remains closed. Stop wasting time scratching at it. Something else you'll like will soon make itself apparent and accessible. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Congratulations. You'll soon hear some positive feedback for all the hard work you recently put into a project. A Pisces could soon swim into your personal life. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): Someone whose friendship you felt you had to write off will try to revive it. What you

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A permanent Boardwalk was constructed in 1885 and extended for eight blocks along the oceanfront. Styles were more formal in the 1880s and 1890s -men in suits and ties and ladies in long dresses and big hats were normal attire for strolling Ocean City's early Boardwalk. Both the Boardwalk and beach were narrow in those days and on high tide the ocean would come up close to the Boardwalk and into the streets -- all of which were unpaved. Ocean City's first restaurant can be seen on the left of this postcard. Opened by George Conner in 1892, it offered food and drinks to the excursionists who took the railroad to spend an afternoon at the beach. It is likely the people pictured were part of one of those popular railroad excursions. The descendants of George Conner are still active in Ocean City's hospitality industry today. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanishingoc.com. Postcard image from Bunk Mann's collection

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Freeman Arts Pavilion’s Photo Of The Week: Each week during the season the Freeman Arts Pavilion will submit a photo of the week from

the Selbyville venue. Above, the Brown Box Theatre Project presented "Much Ado About Nothing," on Thursday, Sept. 2. To learn more about upcoming events, Photo by Freeman Arts Pavilion/Justin Odendhal click over to freemanarts.org.


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BUSINESS And Real Estate News Company Appoints New CEO OCEAN CITY – Mann Properties, a full-service property management company based in Ocean City and serving the Delmarva Peninsula, announced after 48 years founder Buck Mann will step down from his roles as Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer. Vice President Igor Conev will succeed Mann as CEO/COO and lead the dayto-day operations. Mann’s new role will include serving as president, business development and oversight of some longterm company accounts. Conev started with Mann Properties 20 years ago as a parking attendant, working his way up the ladder to help the firm become the leader in the property management industry in the Ocean City area. He has achieved the highest educational designation of the industry, that of a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM). Conev excels in working within Maryland Condominium Law and IGOR CONEV works closely with the insurance industry to provide adequate coverage for his clients. Most notably, he established a criterion of employment where all Mann Properties managers must receive the education provided by the Community Association Institute. “Igor’s work ethic and drive is the key factor in the tremendous growth Mann Properties has achieved in the last decade,” said Mann. “I am confident the business will continue to flourish under his leadership.” Conev resides in West Ocean City with his wife Ana and their two children, Ella and Teo. He is well known in the community for his volunteerism and charitable accomplishments. He has served on the Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) and served as the vice-president for many years. Currently he is on the Board of Directors of the Delmarva Condominium Managers Association.

Coastal Hospice Honored

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Every Friday: Bingo Knights of Columbus will host with doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Held at the Columbus Hall at 9901 Coastal Highway, behind St. Luke's Church. Light refreshments available. Call 410-524-7994 with any questions.

Every Sunday: Berlin Farmers Market Main Street will be closed every Sunday through September from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in downtown Berlin. A producers only market featuring produce, flowers, baked goods, art and homemade products. Free parking.

Every Tuesday: Dancing The Delmarva Hand Dance Club holds dancing at the Selbyville Elks Lodge 2173 from 5:30-9 p.m. delmarvahanddancing.com.

Every Tuesday: Steamed Crabs Through the summer, 5 p.m. until about 6:30, come to Knights of Columbus Hall for a great seafood dinner at 9901 Coastal Highway. If you would like steamed crabs or shrimp, you must pre-order on Monday or Tuesday morning between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 410-524-7994 with questions or to pre-order crabs and shrimp.

Sept. 10 Crab Cake Dinner Stevenson United Methodist Church will host carryout only, 4-6:30 p.m. One crab cake sandwich with sides, $12; one crab cake sandwich, $8; two crab cake sandwiches with sides, $20. Bake table available.

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Things To Do Sept. 12: Walk For Recovery Registration will begin on the Ocean City Boardwalk at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m. Free COVID-19 vaccines will be offered from 8-11 a.m. on the south end of the Boardwalk. Worcester Goes Purple will offer free Narcan training. All events are open to everyone.

Sept. 13: Kennedy-King Dinner The Democratic Central Committee of Worcester County, in conjunction with three area Democratic clubs, announce the 17th Annual Kennedy-King Dinner at Dunes Manor Hotel, 2800 Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City. Reception begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Keynote speaker is Salisbury Mayor Jake Day with Jim Mathias serving as Master of Ceremonies and DCCWC Chair Dr. Roxie Dennis Acholonu. Attend by emailing Lanny Hickman at soonerlanny@gmail.com or by phoning Vicky Wallace at 410208-2969. Cost for the evening is $75 per person. Attendee registration required as soon as possible. Sept. 13-14: Youth Acting Auditions The Big Bad Musical is scheduled for the fall 2021 by the Ocean Pines Players and will include a cast of 18 characters. The auditions (for ages 8 to 17) will be

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Sept. 14: Monthly Meeting The Atlantic Coast Sportfishing Association will be having its September meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. Please arrive early to get a seat, meet new friends, get a beverage or bite to eat. This month’s guest speaker is from Midshore Electronics. Guests are welcome to attend. Questions, smitty3894@aol.com.

Sept. 16: Fashion Show Luncheon The Republican Women of Worcester County announce the 12th Annual Patriot Day Fashion Show Luncheon to be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. Fashions presented by Bruder Hill of Berlin. Cost of the luncheon is $35 per person. Registration deadline is Sept. 1. Reservations flyer at www.gopwomenofworcester.org.

Sept. 16: Free Prostate Cancer Screening Event From 5-7 p.m. at the John H. ‘Jack’ Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center, 9707 Healthway Drive, Berlin, Md. 21811. Pre-registration is required by calling 410-629-6313. Radiation oncologist Manoj Jain, M.D., and urologists James Cherry, M.D., and Jason Smith, D.O., will be on-hand to provide education and conduct digital rectal exams; blood draws will be available to test PSA, or prostatespecific antigen levels. PSA is a substance produced by the prostate gland. Increased amounts of PSA may indicate prostate cancer or other prostate disease. Sept. 18: Church Rummage Sale Ocean City Presbyterian Church on 13th Street will host from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sept. 18: Fishing Flea Market The Anglers Club of Ocean Pines will be hosting its first Fishing Flea Market at the Ocean Pines Community Center’s Assateague room on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission is free. Tables available for $10. To reserve contact Jerry Leuters at 240-427-8929.

Sept. 18: Biker Open House OC Bike Week open house will be held at American Legion Post #166 noon until close. Merchandise and music by DJ Mikey. Food $10 a ticket. Open to the public.

Sept. 20: Games Day Delaware Womenade Games Day will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 at 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View, Del. Play any game of your choice, plus enjoy conti-

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Sept. 21: Fall Luncheon Wicomico Retired Educational Personnel will host their fall luncheon on Sept. 21 at the Salisbury Moose Lodge, 833 Snow Hill Road. Social time from 11:30 a.m.-noon with lunch following promptly. The cost is $15 per person. Please email Cheryl Kennedy at cacki83@hotmail.com for reservations by Sept. 8. MAC Inc. will share services offered for seniors, which include wellness, recreation and educational programs, and support for the more vulnerable elderly. bevyurek@gmail.com.

Sept. 23: Town Hall Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Pines library. This will be Bertino’s first community meeting since before the pandemic. Guest speakers will be Worcester County Health Officer Rebecca Jones and Superintendent of Worcester County Schools Lou Taylor. Sept. 25: Steak Dinner American Legion Post 123, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd. in Berlin, will host 4-7 p.m. Butcher shop 16oz. Porterhouse steak, baked potato, salad and roll for $20. The public is welcome.

Sept. 25: Drive Thru Church Luncheon From 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Powellville UM Church located at 35606 Mount Hermon Road, Powellville, Md. Drive thru luncheon features oyster fritter sandwiches, homemade chicken salad, homemade soups including peas and dumplings/veg. beef. Bake sale items will be available. No pre-orders. Call 410-835-8796 or 443-880-8804 for more details.

Sept. 30: Coastal Bays Celebration The Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) is hosting a 25th Anniversary Celebration at Windmill Creek Vineyard and Winery beginning at 4:30 p.m. This outdoor celebration will feature a big screen showing of The Biggest Little Farm with an introduction from the creators, live music, a silent auction, demo booths, kid’s activities, and delicious food & drink. This family-friendly event is $20 for adults and free for children. Visit mdcoastalbays.org for advanced ticket purchases.

Sept: 30: Berlin Fashion Show Madison Ave Boutique meets The Inn Berlin for a uniquely "Boutiquely Berlin Fashion Show." Beginning cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. This fashion show will contain the downtown boutiques such as Madison Ave Boutique, Fathom, Bruder Hill, Sister's, Viking Tree and a few more. Hair by Berlin's own "Oh My Hair." This is a VIP event, tickets are $25 apiece. Limited tickets available please visit https://berlinfashionshow.ticketleap.com/fashionshow/details for more information. However, the Boutiquely Berlin Fashion Show will be on Facebook live for you to stream from home.


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SALISBURY – With sadness, the Salisbury Zoo announced this week the passing of its male red wolf, Scout. The wolf lived to be 11 years old, spending seven years of his life at the Salisbury Zoo. The zoo currently has one red wolf, a 9-year old female named Shiloh. She continues to educate the public about red wolves, their endangerment and the importance of wildlife conservation. Scout came to the Salisbury Zoo in 2014 from the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri. He came to the zoo positive for heartworm and was routinely monitored. Over the last few months his health began to decline and staff kept him under more intense observation. The zoo’s veterinarian decided it was in Scout’s best interest to be moved to the zoo’s intensive care area in the hospital. His condition worsened, and a decision was made by the veterinarian and zoo

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SELBYVILLE – In its 14th season, the Freeman Arts Pavilion extended its summer series through the month of September and it includes free performances. Two Freeman Arts favorites, First State Ballet Theatre and the Arts & Jazz Festival, returned this year after a hiatus due to COVID-19 last season. First State Ballet, Delaware’s professional ballet company, performed classical and contemporary highlights under the direction of Pasha Kambalov on Thursday, Sept. 9. The Arts & Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, and is an all-day event. This event showcases live jazz performances as well as the work of local artists. This year’s performers will begin at 1 p.m. There will also be about 25 visual artists on the green, who will display and sell their work. This event begins at noon. A new event this season is The University of Delaware Music Spectacular on Thursday, Sept. 16. Patrons will enjoy performances that span the gamut of the UD School of Music, including the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra, the Chorale, Jazz Band and the UD Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band.

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Adriano "Bubba" Almony hosted a Celebrity Basketball Game in Snow Hill at Worcester County Recreation Center on Aug. 28. The Fan Fest prior to the game was free to participants and featured dozens of celebrities and community vendors. The event raised awareness for cancer, bullying prevention and mental health. Members of the Worcester County NAACP presented a community service award to Almony for his efforts and successful fundraiser. Pictured, from left, are Judy Davis, Catherine Freeman, Linda Hilliard, Almony and Dr. Roxie Dennis-Acholon. Submitted Photos

The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Car Show had the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City’s Dawg Team on site. Pictured, from left, are Tony Winter, Tom Foreman, Lynne McAllorum and Dave Landis.

A group of local brothers and friends recently completed their 20th anniversary canoe trip on the Pocomoke River. Pictured, from left, are Calvin “Lee” Sproul, Marc Grimes, Brett Sproul, Dean Sproul, Steve Sproul and Mike Grimes.

Worcester Preparatory School students returned in stages last week starting with orientation days for the school’s three divisions – lower school, middle school and upper school. Above, 11th grader Luke Bunting and fellow classmates are welcomed back by the Senior Class cheering them on. Below, sixth grade girls Elana Gjoni, Lexi Davis, Payton Caprarola, Emma Brooks and Sarah Williams were happy to be back. Second from bottom, second grade teacher Abby Harrison and class posed for a photo with the Mallard mascot. Bottom, first grade teacher Cheryl Marshall is pictured with her new class and the school mascot.


26th Annual Wine On The Beach Returns To Ocean City

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

OCEAN CITY – An expanded festival footprint and the return of several wine and craft vendors highlights this weekend’s 26th Annual Wine on the Beach. While the event was postponed last year in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wine on the Beach 2021 is set to return to the Ocean City Inlet Sept. 10-11. For decades, the special event has been held on the last weekend in September. This year, however, organizers have moved the festival to an earlier date in the month. “Our vendors and guests have asked us for dates when weather would be warmer, more activities available and without conflicts from other events outside the festival,” said event coordinator Christina Nokes. “In 2021, we are able to deliver.” Similar to past festivals, this year’s Wine on the Beach will feature unlimited samples from 11 Maryland wineries, 30 craft vendors, three food vendors and live entertainment from Bird Dog and the Road Kings and other regional bands. Wine by the glass, bottle or case, as well as microbrew and domestic beer, will be available for purchase.

Attendees are pictured visiting a vendor at the 2019 Wine on the Beach event. File Photo

This year, however, the festival footprint will be twice the previous size, with more beach, picnic tables and benches to accommodate guests and vendors, Nokes said. Berlin’s own Buzz Meadery will also join the 2021 festival as an added attraction. “I've spoken with several wineries who participated in recent festivals. They tell me the same thing – people are very enthusiastic to be back and sample new wines,” she said. “However, they are also eager to buy bottles, select food and spread out on a blanket

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with friends. Fortunately, we offer plenty of sand and picnic tables to accommodate them. The music is an added bonus. It would not be the Ocean City Wine Fest without Bird Dog and some beach boogie." Attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets and enjoy the festival’s live entertainment from the sand. Swole Beach Boot Camp will also hold a free Wine Fest Workout on the Inlet beach from 9-10 a.m. Saturday. “I think people are really excited to

get out,” Nokes said this week. “Come sit near the ocean, feel the breeze and drink some wine.” Organizers noted that while masks will not be required, handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available throughout the expanded festival footprint. “While we are thrilled to be back and offer a wonderful experience, we are mindful that health concerns are at the forefront of everyone's minds,” Nokes added. “We do not require masks for our outdoor celebration, but we offer numerous stations and supplies for regular hand sanitizing. And we are making far more space available for enjoying food and wine along with music on the beach.” The 2021 Wine on the Beach will take place at the Ocean City Inlet parking lot on Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Due to the popularity of the yearly event, Nokes noted ticket sales may not be available at the gate. To buy tickets in advance, visit www.winefest.com. Admission includes a wine glass and wine samples with a photo ID. Those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Admission for children ages 13-20 is $15, and children ages 12 and under are free. For more information, visit the wine festival website or call 410-280-3306.


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Club’s 63rd Labor Day Tourney In The Books In The News

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 63rd annual Labor Day Tournament is in the books with plenty of billfish released and no shortage of fish weighed at the scale. The club’s annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament was held last weekend. While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open, the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 60th Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament trumps all others in terms of history and prestige. The tournament is the oldest among the tournaments held in and around the resort area each summer. The first was held in 1958 and the annual event has endured for six decades and several generations of local

anglers. In the billfish release division, it was the Blood Money taking first place with 650 release points and earning $12,700 in prize money. The Primary Search was second in the division with 450 release points and earned $2,362. The Buckshot and the Reel Chaos tied for third, each with 400 release points. In the tuna division, it was the Sea Wolf taking first and second place with a 75-pounder and a 67-pounder. The Roll Groove was third with a 60-pound tuna. In the dolphin division, it was the Reel Chaos taking first place with a 12pounder, while the Buckshot was second with an 11.8-pounder. The Buckshot and the Reel Chaos tied for third with a pair of 11.2-pounders. The Master Angler award went to Pete Gudatis on the Blood Money with 300 release points.

Decatur Golfers Win Fourth Match of Season:

Stephen Decatur’s varsity golf team won its fourth match of the season last week on the Seaside course at the Ocean City Golf Club. The Seahawks finished with a team-low score of 179 against the field of Bayside South teams. Kole Kohut led the way with a 39 and was the medalist for the match. Abby Wesche finished with a 43, while Jacob Bauer and Evan Oglesby each shot a 45. Submitted Photo

Decatur’s Caleb Shockley scampers in for a touchdown in the win over Bennett. Shockley scored three touchdowns in the 65-0 blowout. Submitted Photo BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team got off to a hot start last Friday, routing Bennett, 65-0, in the season opener on Senior Night. The Seahawks scored early and often against the Clippers on their way to the 65-0 blowout. Caleb Shockley led the way on the ground with six carries for 47 yards and three touch-

downs. Luke Mergott and R.J. Brittingham each ran for a touchdown. Ashten Snelsire threw for 79 yards and a touchdown, while Brycen Coleman threw for 96 yards and a touchdown. Coleman also had a receiving touchdown, as did Zimere Handy. Kresen Muir had an interception return for the touchdown. Next up for the Seahawks in a non-conference road game against Indian River on Friday.

Tough Guy Of The Week:

The first Atlantic Physical Therapy “Tough Guy of the Week” award went to Luke Scott for his big performance in the Seahawks’ 65-0 win over Bennett. Pictured is Scott (center) flanked by APT Clinic Director Charles Curran (left) and Head Coach Jake Coleman (right). Submitted Photo


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with Scott Lenox Hello everybody and welcome to the “off” season. The official end to summer isn’t until Sept. 22, but around here we have the unofficial end of summer after Labor Day. The biggest difference is the amount of traffic that you see on and off the water and I for one am all for that. Fall fishing can be some of the best of the entire year and with less competition for it September and October are my favorite months of the entire year to get out on the water. Offshore fishing should be good for several more weeks and inshore fishing will get nothing but better over the next two months. There are also a couple of exciting tournaments in the coming weeks with the Bishop Broadbill Bash out of Sunset Marina and the Ocean City Inshore Classic put on by Fish in OC and Hooked on OC. I am certainly looking forward to fishing over the next few months. The remnants of Hurricane Ida messed up the offshore fishing pretty good last week as strong winds and rain had the ocean closed for a few days, but the fish were pretty close to where they were before the blow, so it was easy to find them once things calmed down. The Baltimore and Wilmington canyons were the best

spots for billfish with several white and blue marlin releases being recorded. Water temps are still in the upper-70s with some decent temperature breaks and billfishing should get even better this month as water temperatures cool and white and blue marlin start their southerly migration. There was a better than good tuna bite last week for some boats that found the fish inside of the canyons in 50 to 100 fathoms. Trolled ballyhoo and spreader bars were the best baits, and it was common to get multiple bites at the same time. Captain Chris Little and the crew of the Talkin’ Trash had an awesome day when they trolled up a limit of fat yellowfin tuna in the 40- to 60-pound class on a trip last week. Captain Mark Hoos of the MARLI limited out his crew of four anglers just a few days later. We should see good numbers of tuna in our area for the next several weeks and they could even come inshore a little as we move into the fall. Let’s hope the weather cooperates so anglers can get out to take advantage of the good offshore fishing still to come. There has been an incredible bite for SEE PAGE 60

This crew on the MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos had a limit of yellowfin tuna.

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Above top left, Captain Chris Watkowski of the Spring Mix II put this group on an incredible day with three white marlin releases, seven yellowfin tuna and a pile of mahi. Above top center, this father and son had six keeper flounder after fishing with Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service. Above top right, this angler hooked a big triggerfish on board the Judith M with Captain Rick Shoaff. Above left, “Sea Bass” Bob landed this beauty of a mahi while fishing with Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star. Above right, Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break put these guys on five nice keeper flounder. Opposite page, top left, James Weller landed this big sheepshead on the private boat Turn Me Loose while fishing the south jetty. Opposite page, top right, Captain Chris Little of the Talkin’ Trash put this group on a limit of yellowfin tuna. Opposite page, middle left, Bob caught his limit of flounder up to five pounds while fishing on board the Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak. Opposite page, middle right, these young anglers had a great day catching tuna with Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey. Opposite page, bottom left, Morgan Mericle fished the Route 50 Bridge at night to land this keeper rockfish. Opposite page, bottom right, Big Bird Cropper and Shawn Flaherty used Roy Rigs at the route 50 bridge to land a limit of rockfish and bluefish.

... Fish In OC FROM PAGE 59 mahi inshore over the past couple of weeks that has been putting plenty of tasty fillets in anglers’ freezers. Mahi have been found in great numbers inside of 20 miles and even the ocean going party boat fleet has been taking advantage of the good fishing. You can sometimes find large schools of mahi hanging out under floating debris and can put lots of them in the boat if you play your cards right. Bait medium to heavy spinning gear with a hook that can hold cut bait like ballyhoo or tuna blood line and throw it to the school. If you get some hooked up, keep one in the water and the school will oftentimes follow the

hooked fish and stay right behind the boat. That’s when you can “bail” them and put a bunch of mahi in the box in short time. Ocean bottom fishing for sea bass and flounder has gotten better and better over the past couple of weeks and should continue through October if we’re lucky. Find ocean structure in 45 to 100 feet of water and drop squid, Gulp baits, clam or strip baits and you’re bound to find some sea bass and maybe some flounder. The sea bass will hang right on top of the structure and the flounder can be found on the flat bottom surrounding it. Jigs and bucktails baited with Gulp or strip baits will entice a flounder bite and a little added “twitching” is never a bad thing. Flounder fishing in the back bays of Ocean City was pretty good last week as well as several tide changes allowed for

runoff from Ida to clear out. There were plenty of fish in popular spots like the Thorofare and the channel behind Assateague Island, but most of the keepers came from the Route 50 Bridge area. The east and west channels produced well last week for anglers using larger baits like 5” Gulp swimming mullet, 4” Gulp shrimp and live bunker. There are literally millions of bunker in our back bays right now so that is going to be the go-to for hungry flounder and other predatory fish. If you can catch and keep them live, you’ve got one of the best baits for catching keeper flounder in September and October in Ocean City. Hook them through the lips on our Fish in OC Live Bait Rig or Deadly Double rig and let them swim freely in a slow-moving current. The last part of the incoming and the first part of the outgoing tide will be the best time for this technique and

deeper water in the east channel around the Route 50 Bridge is a great spot. There have been some big bluefish and some more keeper striped bass caught over the past few weeks around the south jetty and route 50 bridge by anglers fishing live bunker or spot and casting lead head and shad baits like the Roy Rig or Thing A Ma JIG. Big Bird Cropper and Shawn Flaherty had a great day last week fishing thebridge when they caught their limit of both rockfish and bluefish. The guys were casting Roy Rigs in the deep water around the route 50 bridge on the last part of the incoming tide. Until next week, tight lines. (The writer is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and been fishing the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.)


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Who’s Where When 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2201 45th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, Sept. 10: Sean Loomis & Adam Bilenki Saturday, Sept. 11: Colossal Fossil Sauce Sunday, Sept. 12: Keith White Duo

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DJ ROBCEE Fager’s Island: Friday, Sept. 10

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9TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2641 9th St. & Boardwalk Saturday, Sept. 11: TBA

BEATS BY WAX Buxy’s Salty Dog: Friday, Sept. 10 Pickle Pub: Tuesdays & Thursdays Coins Pub: Sundays & Wednesdays

ATLANTIC HOTEL 410-641-3589 2 North Main St., Berlin Mondays: Earl Beardsley BUXY’S SALTY DOG/DRY DOCK 28 410-289-0973 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, Sept. 10: DJ Wax Thursday, Sept. 16: Sean “Spiffy” Styles CAPTAIN’S TABLE 410-289-7192 15th St. & Baltimore Ave. In The Courtyard Marriott Fridays: Phil Perdue COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL CASTLE IN THE SAND HOTEL 37th & 38th St. 410-289-6846 Friday, Sept. 10: Darin Engh, Colossal Fosil Sauce Saturday, Sept. 11: Richard Walton & Joe Mama, Stratus Fear Sunday, Sept. 12: Shortcut Sunny, Chris Diller Duo Monday, Sept. 13: Monkee Paw, Bob Wilkinson & Joe Smooth Tuesday, Sept. 14: Bilenki Duo Wednesday, Sept. 15: Smooth & Rhythm Thursday, Sept. 16: Kevin Poole & Joe Mama

DJ BK Greene Turtle North: Friday, Sept. 10

FUZZBOX PIRANHA Crawl St. Tavern: Saturday, Sept. 11 LENNON LARICCI Crawl St. Tavern: Wednesday, Sept. 15

JIM LONG Seacrets: Friday, Sept. 10 & Thursday, Sept. 16 Coins: Saturday, Sept. 11

PETTY COAT JUNCTION Fager’s Island: Thursday, Sept. 16

COINS PUB 410-289-3100 28th St. Plaza On Coastal Hwy. Friday, Sept. 10: Full Circle Band Saturday, Sept. 11: Jim Long Sundays & Wednesdays: DJ Wax

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DJ BILLY T Harborside: Friday & Sunday, Sept. 10 & 11 Wednesday & Thursday, Sept. 15 & 16

CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE 302-988-5000 37314 Lighthouse Rd., Rte. 54 Selbyville, DE Friday, Sept. 10: Reform School Wednesday, Sept. 15: Blind Wind Duo CRAWL STREET TAVERN 443-373-2756 Wicomico St. Downtown O.C. Friday, Sept. 10: Upside Of Down Saturday, Sept. 11: Fuzzbox Piranha Wednesday, Sept. 15: Lennon La Ricci Thursday, Sept. 16: Shots Fired CORK BAR Saturday, Sept. 11: TBA FAGER’S ISLAND 410-524-5500 60th St. in the Bay Friday, Sept. 10: Sons Of Pirates, DJ RobCee, Most Savage Gentlemen Saturday, Sept. 11: Denim N Lace, In Too Deep, DJ Groove Monday, Sept.13: Animal House, IV Stone, DJ Groove, Thursday, Sept. 16: Petty Coat Junction, DJ Groove

ON THE EDGE Ocean Club/Clarion: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 10 & 11 Lenny’s Beach Bar: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 10 & 11

SEAN LOOMIS 45th St. Taphouse: Friday, Sept. 10 Harborside: Saturday, Sept. 11

DARIN ENGH Coconuts: Friday, Sept. 10

SEAN “SPIFFY” STYLES Buxy’s Salty Dog: Thursday, Sept. 16

SLAMM Purple Moose Saloon: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 10 & 11


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Who’s Where When GREENE TURTLE NORTH 410-723-2120 116th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, Sept. 10: DJ BK

BLIND WIND Crabcake Factory Bayside: Wednesday, Sept. 15

THE DUNEHOUNDS Pickles Pub: Saturday, Sept. 11

HARBORSIDE 410-213-1846 South Harbor Rd., West O.C. Friday, Sept. 10: DJ Billy T Saturday, Sept. 11: Sean Loomis, DJ Jeremy, Sunday, Sept. 12: Opposite Directions, DJ Billy T Wednesday, Sept. 15: DJ Billy T Thursday, Sept. 16: DJ Billy T OCEAN CLUB 410-524-3535 10100 Coastal Hwy. In The Clarion Hotel Friday & Saturday, Sept. 10 & 11: On The Edge Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill Friday& Saturday, Sept. 10 & 11: On The Edge

JOE SMOOTH & BOB WILKINSON Coconuts Beach Bar: Monday, Sept. 13

FULL CIRCLE BAND Coins: Friday, Sept. 10

OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB 410-641-7501 1 Mumford’s Landing Rd., Ocean Pines Friday, Sept. 10: Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia Saturday, Sept. 11: Over Time Sunday, Sept. 12: Marcella PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8th St. & Philadelphia Ave. Friday, Sept. 10: Beats By Styler Saturday, Sept. 11: The Dunehounds Sunday, Sept. 12: Beats By Styler Mondays: Karaoke With Wood Tuesdays: Beats By Wax Wednesdays: Beats By Styler Thursdays: Beats By Wax

THE UPSIDE DOWN Crawl St. Tavern: Friday, Sept. 10

GET YOUR GUNS ( GUNS N’ ROSES TRIBUTE) Seacrets: Thursday, Sept. 16

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS Harborside: Sunday, Sept. 12

COLOSSAL FOSSIL SAUCE Coconuts: Friday, Sept. 10 45th St. Taphouse: Saturday, Sept. 11

DOC MARTEN & THE FLANNELS Purple Moose: Wednesday, Sept. 15

ANIMAL HOUSE Fager’s Island: Monday, Sept. 13

PURPLE MOOSE 410-289-6953 Between Caroline & Talbot Sts. On The Boardwalk Friday, Sept. 10: DJ Adam Dutch Saturday, Sept. 11: DJ Rut Friday & Saturday, Sept. 10 & 11: SLAMM Sunday, Sept. 12: DJ Adam Dutch Monday, Sept. 13: DJ Rut Tuesday, Sept. 14: DJ Adam Dutch Wednesday, Sept. 15: Doc Marten & The Flannels Thursday, Sept. 16: High Voltage ( AC/DC Tribute) SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, Sept. 10: Jim Long Band, 9 Mile Roots, The Benderz Saturday, Sept. 11: Crash The Party, 9 Mile Roots, My Hero Zero, Sunday, Sept. 12: Late Last Night Monday, Sept. 13: The Way Outs Tuesday, Sept. 14: The Way Outs Wednesday, Sept. 15: Triple Rail Turn Thursday, Sept. 16: Jim Long Band, Triple Rail Turn, Get Your Guns (Guns N’ Roses Tribute)


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Soccer Team Donations:

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The Worcester Preparatory School girls’ soccer team recently collected new backpacks and filled them with school supplies to donate to Lord Baltimore Elementary School located in Ocean View, Del. Alum, Marissa Grosso (WPS ’18) started the tradition to donate backpacks nine years ago. Coach Carol Hartnett, pictured with this year’s donation, continues the legacy every season, coordinating efforts with the WPS Volunteer Club, headed by teacher Linda Bragg. Submitted Photo

Date Announced For Second Annual Marine Plunder

September 10, 2021

BERLIN – The Maryland Coastal Bays Program will canvas the bays in search of marine debris Sunday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. for the Second Annual Marine Debris Plunder. Boaters and land lubbers alike are encouraged to join the plunder to pick up debris that has been carelessly discarded in the bays, beaches and streets and bring their loot to the West Ocean City Harbor for a weigh-in. Captain Jack Sparrow, along with his pirate crew, will be on hand to assist with the weigh-in and properly dispose the debris. There will be awards for several categories. You must preregister for this event either online at the Maryland Coastal Bays Program website www.mdcoastalbays.org, or call Sandi at 443-783-5293 ext. 106 and register by phone. Registration will close on Friday, Sept. 24. There will be no registration at the event. Thanks to a grant from Keep Maryland Beautiful and sponsorships by Pure Lure and Bluewater Properties, supplies will be provided for those who preregister (while supplies last) and supply packets can be picked up at Pure Lure at a pre-arranged date. When participants bring their loot to the West Ocean City harbor, the pirate crew will grab their trash and present them with an event T-shirt (while supplies last). The intent of this event is to engage the community in picking up debris in the waterways and streets and bringing it to one location where it will be weighed and disposed of properly. All participants will be asked to fill out data sheets on the debris. Boaters pursuing debris in the water will receive specific instructions as to what is marine debris and what is a live trap as crabbing season is still in effect and it is illegal to tamper with any live traps. The Natural Resources Police will attend the event in case participants have any questions as to what marine debris is, and what is not, in case something is unclear to a participant. Boaters will be encouraged to pursue abandoned crab pots, derelict crab pots that have been clearly abandoned and are sitting in shallow water and marshes. Every year crabbers lose their pots to careless boaters who do not pay attention and run over crab pot floats identifying pot location. Once these floats are cut, the pot becomes untraceable until it washes into shallow water or on top of a marsh. Unfortunately, ghost pots continually re-bait as crabs crawl inside, eventually die, and new crabs arrive to eat those. These ghost pots also trap and kill pretty much anything that fits, including terrapin, otter and fish.


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OCEAN CITY MARLIN CLUB GENERAL MANAGER Looking for individual with 3-5 years restaurant management experience, to oversee and/or direct the kitchen/bar, club events and the day-to-day membership/fishing tournament related office functions. The club is a private 900-member fishing club that is open to its members Wednesday-Sunday for food/bar service from 3 PM until 10 PM and currently has office hours Monday-Friday 10:30 AM until 5:30 PM. In addition, there are also several club events and other community related events that are held during the year. The club also sponsors eight fishing tournaments that are open to club members and the public. This is year-round full time salaried position that reports directly to the Club President. The Ocean City Marlin Club has been operating in the Ocean City area since 1936. The club house is located at 9659 Golf Course Road in West Ocean City. Salary and other benefits will be determined based on experience. For consideration, please submit your resume to bozjjeff@gmail.com. No telephone calls please. The Ocean City Marlin Club is an equal opportunity employer.

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LESLIE LOBOS, TRUSTEE PINES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811

LESLIE LOBOS, TRUSTEE PINES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY STATE OF MARYLAND CASE NO. C-23-CV-21-000111

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY STATE OF MARYLAND CASE NO. C-23-CV-21-000103

BORDERLINKS I TIME INTERVAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 Plaintiff

BORDERLINKS I TIME INTERVAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. 11029 CATHELL ROAD BERLIN, MD 21811 Plaintiff

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WILLIAM E. HUDSON et al. Defendants

MARY JANE MACKIN, et al. Defendants

NOTICE ORDERED, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland this 18th day of AUGUST, 2021, that the foreclosure sale of the properties mentioned in these proceeedings, made and reported by Leslie Lobos, Trustee, be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 20TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021, provided a copy of this Order be inserted in some daily newspaper printed in Worcester County, Maryland once in each of three successive weeks, before the 13th day of SEPTEMBER, 2021.

NOTICE ORDERED, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland this 18th day of AUGUST, 2021, that the foreclosure sale of the properties mentioned in these proceeedings, made and reported by Leslie Lobos, Trustee, be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 20TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021, provided a copy of this Order be inserted in some daily newspaper printed in Worcester County, Maryland once in each of three successive weeks, before the 13th day of SEPTEMBER, 2021.

The Report of Sale filed in the above case states the amount of the sales to be as indicated below for the referenced time-share intervals:

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Third Insertion NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18859 To all persons interested in the estate of ALLEN GENE KINDLEY, ESTATE NO. 18859. Notice is given that JANET ANN KINDLEY, 3 MAID MARION LANE, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on, AUGUST 11, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ALLEN GENE KINDLEY, who died on APRIL 5, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 11TH day of FEBRUARY, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch


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The Dispatch Legal Notices LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. The deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information call 410-641-4563 or email classifieds@mdcoastdispatch.com Date of Publication AUGUST 27, 2021 JANET ANN KINDLEY Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 08-27, 09-03, 09-10

Second Insertion MARIANNA BATIE, ESQ. LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY, STE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18866 To all persons interested in the estate of CLARA FERN CASALE, ESTATE NO. 18866. Notice is given that ROBYN DENISE FILLMAN, 4897 DUBLIN ROAD, COLUMBUS, OH 43221 was on, AUGUST 25, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CLARA FERN CASALE, who died on JUNE 6, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 25TH day of FEBRUARY, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates:

within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 03, 2021 ROBYN DENISE FILLMAN Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 09-03, 09-10, 09-17

(1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 03, 2021

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ADAM BRUNO Personal Representative

CYNTHIA B. MACDONALD, ESQ. 208 CALVERT STREET P.O. BOX 33 SALISBURY, MD 21803

True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 09-03, 09-10, 09-17

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18873 To all persons interested in the estate of WARREN L. STONE, AKA: WARRREN LAYMAN STONE, ESTATE NO. 18873. Notice is given that ADAM BRUNO, 75 HELMS HILL ROAD, WASHINGTONVILLE, NY 10992 was on, AUGUST 30, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of WARREN L. STONE, who died on DECEMBER 29, 2020, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney.

(1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or

All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 28TH day of FEBRUARY, 2022.

(2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims

Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates:

First Insertion NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18875 To all persons interested in the estate of DUDLEY MILES EICHHORN, ESTATE NO. 18875. Notice is given that STAURT EICHHORN, 3913 UNION CHURCH ROAD, SALISBURY, MD 21804 was on, SEPTEMBER 01, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of DUDLEY MILES EICHHORN, who died on AUGUST 11, 2021, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 1st day of MARCH, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the

Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 STAURT EICHHORN Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 09-10, 09-17, 09-24

First Insertion NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18869 To all persons interested in the estate of ELLEN JOAN SANSONE, ESTATE NO. 18869. Notice is given that ELIZABETH WATLINGTON, 2109 KEELAND LANE, GRAY, TN 37615 was on, AUGUST 30, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ELLEN JOAN SANSONE, who died on AUGUST 15, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 28TH day of FEBRUARY, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other

September 10, 2021 written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 ELIZABETH WATLINGTON Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 09-10, 09-17, 09-24

First Insertion NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18868 Notice is given that the PROBATE COURT of KENT COUNTY, DE, appointed JOHN F. JARVIS JR., 12242 GREENRIDGE LANE ROAD, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 as the EXECUTOR of the Estate of MABEL D. JARVIS who died on APRIL 28, 2018, domiciled in DELAWARE, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is N/A. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 JOHN F. JARVIS JR. Foreign Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT

Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 09-10, 09-17, 09-24

First Insertion DANIEL C. CONKLING, ESQ. 2756 BAYSIDE BEACH RD. PASADENA, MD 21122 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18870 To all persons interested in the estate of JAMES E. BROWER AKA JAMES EDWARD BROWER, ESTATE NO. 18870. Notice is given that LAURA J. PAYTON, 8713 WILD GOOSE LANE, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on, AUGUST 30, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of JAMES E. BROWER, who died on MARCH 31, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 28TH day of FEBRUARY, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 LAURA J. PAYTON Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 09-10, 09-17, 09-24


… $49M Bond Sale Will Fund Fire Station, Park, Road Work

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FROM PAGE 4 million in savings can be applied to Baltimore Avenue, for example. “You can approve the $48 million bond sale without specifically identifying the estimated costs for these projects,” he said. “You can include the projects, but you don’t necessarily need the itemized costs estimates for each of them.” Council President Matt James explained it further. “We’re not held accountable for each of those numbers,” he said. “These are just allocations, or placeholders.” James said when McGean and Bowers come back with an amended cost estimate for the new firehouse, the funds earmarked for the fire station in the bond sale can be applied to other capital projects listed. “When they come back and the firehouse is say, $7 million, we can apply the extra $3 million or so to the implementation of the Baltimore Avenue project,” he said. Gehrig, however, could not be dissuaded. He continued to assert that, at least on paper, the bond sale as proposed appeared as though the Mayor and Council were signing off on an $11.2 million firehouse. “This makes no sense,” he said. “We’re putting a number on a firehouse we know we’re never going to build at that cost. We’re voting on something we’re going to do in the future.”

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When asked if the goal was to take advantage of low interest rates, why wasn’t the entire Baltimore Avenue corridor funding included in the bond sale, Council Secretary Tony DeLuca explained the Baltimore Avenue project was just in the design phase and additional funding would come in future bond sales. “The conceptual estimate for Baltimore Avenue is $20 million,” he said. “The reason we didn’t include that entire amount in this bond sale is because the design isn’t complete. Any overages for these other projects can be applied to Baltimore Avenue. The message was clear last week. We’re not building an $11 million firehouse.” Councilman Peter Buas said reworking the design of the new Station 3 firehouse would result in savings that could

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be applied elsewhere. In addition, the downtown recreation complex is listed in the bond at $4.6 million, but the town is likely eligible for federal and state grants, which would also bring the cost of that project down. “There are really only two variables in this,” he said. “One is the reduction in the estimate for the firehouse. The other is the potential grants for the downtown recreation complex, which we’re not even sure if we’re going to get.” Nonetheless, Gehrig said he couldn’t support the bond sale ordinance with the firehouse still listed at $11.2 million. “As a group, do we have a maximum number for the firehouse?” he said. “I don’t want to put a blanket high number on something we’re not going to do.” James said he shared similar con-

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cerns when he first reviewed the bond sale and the cost estimates associated with each of the projects listed, but those concerns were allayed when he learned funds could be shifted around to the other projects listed once the bond sale was complete. “It gave me great comfort that we can move the money around in this bond issuance for the different projects,” he said. “It gives us some flexibility.” In the end, the council voted 6-1 with Gehrig opposed to approve on first reading the nearly $49 million bond sale as proposed. Again, about $20 million of the proposed bond sale will go to refinancing existing 2012 bonds at a lower interest rate, resulting in savings of around $1 million. The remaining amount will go to the various capital project listed in the bond.


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Donald A. Hastings OCEAN CITY – Donald A. Hastings, 85, of Ocean City, passed away on Aug. 31, 2021 after a brief illness with pancreatic cancer. Hastings was born on April 1, 1936, son of the late Edgar C. and Jessie A. Hastings of Uniontown, Pa. Don was a graduate of Uniontown High School. He earned his BA at Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va., where he also met his wife of 63 years, Pam. He later studied at Loyola University in BaltiDONALD A. more, earning a Master’s HASTINGS Degree in Educational Administration. Don began his career in Howard County as a teacher and later a principal. He and his family relocated to Ocean City in 1969 after Don accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent of Worcester County Schools, a post he held for 19 years before his retirement in 1988. In 1976, Don & Pam opened Donald’s Duck Shoppe in Shantytown, eventually growing the business to include three locations, with the flagship store located in the Gold Coast Mall in north Ocean City. During these years, Don formed relationships with many local artists which he used to establish, organize and promote a number of successful art and craft festivals in Ocean City, Baltimore and Timonium. Hastings was active throughout the years with many causes. He was a life member of the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club and was one of the original founders of one of the organization’s

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OBITUARIES major fundraisers, the Seaside Boat Show. He was asked to serve on numerous local, county and state advisory boards and committees, including the Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Lower Eastern Shore, Worcester County Economic Development and the Worcester County Liquor Control Board. He was also active in The United Way, with past roles as VP and Campaign Chairman for the Lower Eastern Shore chapter and recognition as a Volunteer of the Year. Don is survived by his wife, Pam, and their three children, Ami, Gary and Mindy. He also leaves behind daughter-in-law Emily, son-in-law Mike and two beloved grandchildren, Jennah and Jessie. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the Ocean City Golf Club on South Point Road in Berlin. Friends, acquaintances and any others wishing to pay respects to the family are warmly invited to join us from 2pm-5pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions are being accepted for the Donald A. Hastings Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, 1324 Belmont Ave. Suite 401, Salisbury, Md. 21804 or online at www.cfes.org.

William “Bill” Louis Kato, Jr. BERLIN – The family of William “Bill” Louis Kato is saddened to announce his passing on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. With his joyful smile and generous personality, Bill touched many WILLIAM LOUIS lives and will be fondly KATO, JR. remembered by all who knew and loved him. Bill will be especially missed by his wife Mary Hibbard Kato, sons Nick Kato and Kyle Kato, mother and step-father Penny and Gary Powell, sister Shari Robinson and husband Donnie, brother Rick Kato, and many other beloved family members and friends. The family plans a private celebration of life to be held at a later date.

Judith P. Hajewski BERLIN – Judith P. Hajewski was born in Harrisburg, Pa. on Oct. 21, 1939, as Judith Kear Pearson, to parents John B. Pearson and Jeanne Pearson. Judith attended The Baldwin School and The Harrisburg Academy before moving onto college, where she attended both the University of Colorado and

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September 10, 2021 the University of Maryland. She graduated with a degree in English and History, her passions in life were horseback riding and sailing; she was a member of the Chesapeake Sailing Association. We all loved her singing, cheerfulness and touching kindness, her love of music brought her to her second husband (Richard) who was a professional musician. They married and had a blended family of five children, together they lived happily ever after and are still devoted to each other. God decid- JUDITH P. ed he needed another HAJEWSKI sweet angel and called Judy to his side on Aug. 28, 2021. Judy passed peacefully in her bed knowing she had all the love and care from her family. A service will be held on Sept. 20, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home, friends may visit one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and condolences may be sent to the family via burbagefuneralhome.com.

Earl P. Price, Sr. SELBYVILLE – Earl P. Price, Sr., age 87, of Selbyville died Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation in Millsboro, Del. He was born in Frederick and was the son of the late Benjamin F. and Hilda M. (Hannum) Price. He grew up in the little town of Hyattstown, Md. on a 375-acre dairy farm. On graduation high school he went to work for the Corps of Engineers as a cartographer and stayed with the federal government until spending his honeymoon in Ocean City and falling in love with the town. Two years later he and his family moved to Ocean City. Earl owned the Pirates Den in Ocean City from 1970 to 1985. Later EARL P. PRICE, SR. he was Head of Security at The Plaza until retiring in 1996. He was a master joke teller and good friend to all and sundry. Everyone he ever met became a friend after talking to him for a short time. He was dearly loved by all his family who will miss him terribly. He was also beloved by every person who was a customer at “The Den.” He is survived by his wife, Fran D. Price of Selbyville; a son, Earl P. “Tim” Price Jr. of Berlin; three daughters, Sandra Whitehouse of Glendale, Ariz., Debbie Galati of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla. and Annette Brown of Summerfield, N.C.; three step-sons, Lane Cox, Michael Cox and Kevin Cox; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat grandchild. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Benny Price. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.


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The Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF) recently received two significant donations to help it meet its mission of ensuring every student “has equal access to a world class education, enabling them to function in today’s digital college environment and to compete in a new, emerging job market.” Park Place Jewelers owners Todd and Jill Ferrante have always been active within the community, and to celebrate their 25th anniversary, they donated a portion of their May sales to various local charities, including WCEF. Pictured, above from left, are Jill, Todd and Sophia Ferrante, WCEF Manager of Operations & Community Relations Olivia Momme, WCEF Board Chair Ray Thompson and Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor. “We are grateful for the continued dedication to support Worcester County Education Foundation,” said Momme. “We are truly honored to be one of the selected charities supported through this anniversary celebration and are thankful for all the Ferrante family does to support our community as a whole.” Additionally, the Ocean City-Berlin Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the WCEF. Above right, Club President Brian Shockley presents the donation Submitted Photos to Momme.

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Berlin Looking To Purchase Flower Street Property

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BERLIN – Municipal officials next week will consider a budget amendment allowing for the purchase of property on Flower Street. On Monday, the Berlin Town Council will be presented with a motion for a $45,000 budget transfer. The funds, to come from the town’s community center reserve, would allow for the purchase of a lot on Flower Street adjacent to the Berlin Multi-Purpose Building. “We have the reserve fund for the community center already earmarked,” said Mayor Zack Tyndall. “The idea is to use those earmarked funds to acquire the property.” The need for a community center in Berlin has been a topic of discussion for at least the past 20 years, according to

Tyndall. Though the Berlin Community Improvement Association (BCIA) expressed interest in turning over ownership of the aging multi-purpose building to the town a few years ago as a potential community center site, the plan was derailed when it became known that a half-acre piece of land in front of the property was owned by a separate entity. That entity, the Booker T. Washington Lodge, listed the lot for sale earlier this year at $33,500. The town council held two closed session meetings in recent weeks and at Monday’s regular session is set to discuss the acquisition of real property. Tyndall said the action item will be a motion that would approve a fiscal year 2022 budget amendment increasing expense and revenue accounts association with real property acquisition in the general fund with a $45,000 transfer from re-

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serves. The town’s community center reserve fund currently contains more than $417,000. Tyndall said the budget transfer would cover acquisition and transfer costs. “The goal is once this property is acquired to have more discussion with the Berlin Community Improvement Association,” Tyndall said. He’s hopeful that the multi-purpose building and this adjoining land can one day be the site of a new community center. While a community center is just a building, Tyndall believes history should play a part. Because the property was once home to the Flower Street School, Tyndall said this location would be perfect. “You couldn’t find a better place in Berlin,” he said. “This has been a gathering place for over a century.” Town officials recently agreed to cre-

ate a community center committee. Tyndall said that group will discuss wants and needs and likely move forward with a feasibility study. “You have to understand the cost today and the cost long-term,” he said. Though the town’s last property acquisition — the purchase of the old Tyson plant—has been a cause for contention among residents, Tyndall says the property the town is moving toward buying now is not comparable. “We’re not going into debt to acquire the property,” he said. “This is a much smaller acquisition done with existing funds and no outstanding debt.”

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Wicomico Council Approves Funding For West Metro Core Park Planning

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

SALISBURY – County leaders voted this week to approve $100,000 in funding for park planning at the West Metro Core property in Wicomico. On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to amend the fiscal year 2022 capital budget and fiscal years 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to include $100,000 for the development of a park master plan at the West Metro Core property on Levin Dashiell Road. “The intent would be to put out an RFP for a master planner this fall ...,” Recreation, Parks and Tourism Director Steve Miller told officials this week. “The typical planning process would be a sixto 12-month process.” Earlier this year, Miller came before the county council seeking a Program Open Space (POS) land conversion from the West Metro Core property to the Connelly Mill property, a parcel of land the county purchased in 2019 for future recreational use. The transfer, he explained at the time, would allow the county to develop Connelly Mill into a public recreation space using lease monies from the West Metro Core. While the county purchased the West Metro Core in 2009 with plans to develop a public sports complex, those plans never materialized and for the last 12 years the site has been leased to a local farmer, bringing in roughly $300,000 in income for the county. In May, however, the council voted to table the land conversion over concerns the West Metro Core property would be abandoned. Councilwoman Nicole Acle pointed out that residents supported the development of a park at both Connelly Mill and the West Metro Core. “I don’t want us to lose sight of this resolution as a conversion,” she said. “We will be abandoning the West Metro park on the west side and converting it to Connelly Mill.” The council went even further during its CIP adoption in June, removing any references of a potential sale of the West Metro Core property to fund the Connelly Mill project. “We’ve been 10 years without building a park down there, and I’ve been getting phone calls from people in that area wanting that park,” Council President Larry Dodd said at the time. “If we sell that park, then they’ll never get a park.” Back on the table for discussion last month, the council conceptually agreed to include funding for master planning at the West Metro Core. And on Tuesday, the council held a public hearing on a proposed $100,000 budget amendment for the project. “The conversion did not go through, so at this time the entire 100 acres is

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under a POS restriction,” Miller said of the West Metro Core property this week. “Our plan right now is to develop a plan. I can’t tell you at this point how many acres that plan will recommend, whether we build on 15, on 50, or whatever. That will be part of that process.” Miller noted the county was still leasing the property as farmland, but that the lease expired this coming winter. Councilman Joe Holloway, however, questioned if the county would renew its contract for the time being. “We’ve not decided because there were so many unknowns with what was going to happen,” Miller replied. When asked about his plans for the property, Miller said he could envision the West Metro Core being a multi-use park with courts and fields. He noted, however, that plans for the park would largely depend on public input. “To say now is premature,” he said. “I think we need to go through that planning process, having public input and having a master planner really look at it.” After further discussion, the council voted 7-0 to amend the capital budget and CIP to include $100,000 for planning purposes at the West Metro Core property.

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – With the unsanctioned pop-up special event looming, the Mayor and Council this week got a briefing on a recent meeting of the motorized special event task force. The motorized special event task force convened late last month for the last time before the expected pop-up car rally at the end of September. During the year since the last troublesome pop-up event last September, plans on how to combat some of the lawlessness and reckless behavior associated with the event have been debated at various levels including the police commission, the motorized special event task force and with the Mayor and Council. On Tuesday, Mayor Rick Meehan briefed the council on the most recent task force meeting. Last year, the town ramped up its towing ordinance with broader guidelines for legitimate tows of vehicles deemed not street-legal and heftier fees. On Tuesday, Councilman Mark Paddack said it appears the fleet of available tow companies and tow trucks falls short of the goal. “I’m seeing where there are 20 tow companies with 40 tow trucks lined up,” he said. “I’ve heard some complaints from some tow companies that they were being excluded for various reasons. I would think we would need more than 40 tow trucks available.” Meehan pointed out the 20 companies and 40 available tow trucks were for Ocean City alone. He said there will be more tow companies operating that week in the county at-large and surrounding areas. Paddack also pointed out there were discussions after last year’s unsanctioned event about the state declaring a highway traffic safety week during the unsanctioned pop-up event later this month in order to increase law enforcement visibility around the state and along the routes leading to Ocean City and the resort area. “We’ve been planning for this for a year,” he said. “I thought we were going to petition the governor to declare a highway safety week proclamation for this week.” Meehan said that official declaration

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never happened, but he has assurances from the state there will be high law enforcement presence on the roadways leading up to and during the pop-up event. “We talked to the state, but they didn’t declare a traffic safety week,” he said. “We’ve been assured there will be a high visibility presence along the highways in and around Ocean City all week and throughout the Eastern Shore. Delaware has also said they are increasing the visibility presence throughout that week.” Paddack said he hoped that was the case. “I hope that our allied agencies and partners around the state can identify some of these vehicles and address some of the behavior before they even get to Ocean City,” he said. After a particularly troublesome motorized special event season a few years back, Ocean City formed the task force to begin exploring strategies to combat some of the lawlessness and abject bad behavior associated with some of the participants. Out of those early sessions came the first iteration of a special event zone with lower speed limits, enhanced enforcement powers, increased penalties and enhanced fines. Those early sessions also led to an increased police presence in town during certain motorized events in partnership with allied law enforcement agencies along with a stronger partnership between the town and its residents and business owners. Still, those early measures, which did achieve some successes, were not enough to curtail some of the lawlessness and the reckless behavior continued and even worsened in some cases, particularly during the unsanctioned and social media-driven popup rally. The special event zone, along with the expanded law enforcement presence, a stronger towing ordinance with stiff fines and penalties and the growing partnership with the private sector was successful in putting a lid on last September’s pop-up rally for a couple of days, but the event reached a crescendo on Saturday with lawlessness reaching new heights on the streets. To that end, resort officials, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) and its allied partners, state officials, the

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SNOW HILL – The county will move forward with the construction of sanitary facilities to serve homes on Lewis Road following a vote this week. The Worcester County Commissioners voted 4-3 on Tuesday to approve plans to extend sewer service to Lewis Road through the use of a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $507,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds the county received. The commissioners opposed to the plan have objected to the use of ARPA funds for the project. “As much as I favor this project, and I’m glad it’s going through, I don’t think it’s right that we’re treating folks outside this area differently than we’re treating these folks,” Commissioner Chip Bertino said. Bob Mitchell, the county’s director of environmental programs, said the county planned to construct sewer facilities that would connect the Lewis Road community to a previously installed pipeline that connects to the Landings Sanitary Plant. The project will cost $2,025,000, with $1,518,000 funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $507,000 from Worcester County’s ARPA funds. According to Mitchell, the grant from the county would assist with construction costs on the homeowner side related to the cleanout for connection of existing properties to sewer and the proper abandonment of septic systems. Commissioner Diana Purnell, whose husband owns property on Lewis Road, made the motion to approve moving forward with the project. “This particular service area is withWorcester County State’s Attorney’s Office and the private sector have worked publicly and privately over the last year to form strategies to better curtail the event. During the fall motorized special events, including the pop-up rally, the special event zone will be deployed throughout Worcester County and not

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in my district,” she said. “We’ve waited 20 years to get this to take place and I would like to make a motion that we approve this today.” Bertino said he was voting against the proposal but not because he didn’t want to see sewer extended to the Lewis Road community. He said he didn’t feel the Lewis Road ratepayers should be treated differently than ratepayers in other service areas. “They are not having to pay for the hookups as Gum Point Road has, as Newark had to a number of years ago,” he said. “I just don’t think it’s right that we treat one area differently than another because we heard a lot of hardship cases when Newark was here yet we moved forward without providing them any sort of subsidy to pay for the hookups.” The commissioners voted 4-3, with Bertino and Commissioners Jim Bunting and Ted Elder opposed, to approve the construction of sanitary facilities to serve Lewis Road. In an interview Wednesday, Purnell said she was pleased to see the sewer extension approved, as the process started 20 years ago. “It’s been pushed back and pushed back,” she said. “It’s taken a lot of work. It’s taken a lot of time.” She pointed out that a handful of property owners had been in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting to show their support for the effort. “There’s water and sewer around that area,” she said. “This is making it whole in that area. It’s good for the property owners. They’re really happy.” She added that the project was in line with state goals, as it would eliminate the failing septic systems in that area. “It’s a really good thing,” she said.

just in the resort and the area around West Ocean City and Ocean Pines, for example. The enhanced towing ordinance with increased fines will be deployed again and strictly enforced. Traffic patterns will be altered at times during the events and speed bumps or speed humps will be deployed in certain residential communities.

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Commitment In Place For Broadband How We See It

It’s going to take a long time, but Worcester County’s broadband effort appears to finally be happening. Many steps are being taken that cumulatively make it seem like within a few years the connectivity dark spots will be addressed. It seems incomprehensible to many of us in today’s age for people to be without Internet connectivity in their homes. It’s seems equally implausible for cell phone usage to be unavailable in certain areas, like Newark, Ironshire and Public Landing, to name a few. It’s the reality, however, for thousands of residents in Worcester County. Twenty years of conversations have been had on the issue, and it appears it took a pandemic to make broadband access a reality. Many public officials have been working many years to try and get broadband issues front and center. Some folks, like former Commissioner Virgil Shockley, even made it a top priority while in office and worked with regional coalitions to speed up the effort. No matter the best intentions, any major efforts eventually stalled because of funding. There were laudable piecemeal projects advanced, but they helped a small number of citizens and businesses. Today, all the commissioners appear to be on the same page and see the allocation of federal pandemic relief funding as an opportunity to fast track the broadband effort. It appears there will be a mix of federal dollars, loan money, state contributions and county funds in play to bolster broadband infrastructure. As Commissioner Ted Elder, who represents a large section of rural areas, said, “Whatever it takes I think we need to push this forward.” Throughout society over the last two years, there have been numerous positives and negatives from the pandemic. A true consequence has been felt in education where many students have clearly fallen behind from missed school. When schools were not in person for much of 2020, online learning was impossible for many families due to the lack of connectivity. It left many students isolated and without the opportunity to learn. Similar situations played out during the last school year during times of remote learning. There have also been health care consequences, as individuals were unable to take advantage of telemedicine at the height of the pandemic when inperson visits were not possible. This inability to connect through the technology available to most of us and taken for granted by many leads to isolation and endless practical inconveniences. It’s looking like a positive consequence of the pandemic will be this influx of federal dollars to address this inequity once and for all.

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Between The Lines by Publisher/Editor Steve Green For the second straight year, Fish Tales in Ocean City will be closing the weekend of the pop-up rally. It will be interesting to see if others follow the lead in the weeks ahead. On its Facebook page, Fish Tales wrote, “Our employees have been rock stars this summer and deserve a much needed break after this year's Bike Week! We will be closed Friday, Sept. 24th at 5pm and will reopen on Monday, September 27th at 11am. Let's show them some much needed love!” Owner Shawn Harman confirmed the intent was two-fold – to give his team a respite as well as to avoid the havoc of the pop-up rally. He told WBOC, “The traffic is so gridlocked during that weekend and there’s a safety issue. I would prefer to not have my staff drive through it.” During this week’s meeting at City Hall, the Ocean City Mayor and Council were provided an update on the pop-up rally expected to influence life in the resort Sept. 22-26. It was disappointing to hear the intention to get the State of Maryland to declare the week of the rally gathering a highway safety week never came to fruition. The concept was to have heightened patrols around the state to get the message to the car enthusiasts about safety and the laws before they even arrive in Ocean City. It’s the whole concept of making it as miserable as possible for those intent on raising hell while here. Mayor Rick Meehan said, “We talked to the state, but they didn’t declare a traffic safety week. We’ve been assured there will be a high visibility presence along the highways in and around Ocean City all week and throughout the Eastern Shore. Delaware has also said they are increasing the visibility presence throughout that week.” It’s evident every week government bodies operate differently than private businesses, but it’s nice to know not everyone accepts this fact. Ocean City Councilman John Gehrig is a small business owner. It’s why he objected to the way in which a $49 million bond bill was written. Gehrig specifically was bothered an $11.2 million fire station was listed in the bill as a project to fund, despite the council clearly saying it was too expensive and needed to be cut down significantly to be closer to the $5.5 million estimate. “I’m just not comfortable with this,” Gehrig said. “I don’t want it to come back that we voted on all of these numbers. It looks like we’re approving an $11.2 million firehouse. I’m fine with the actual bond amount. I just don’t know why we’re voting on something with so many questions. … This makes no sense. We’re putting a number on a firehouse we know we’re never going to build at that cost. We’re voting on something we’re going to do in the future. … As a group, do we have a maximum number for the firehouse? I don’t want to put a blanket high number on something we’re not going to do.” Though the majority of the council and staff did not see it as a big deal, we agree it’s wrong to put a financial number in writing to a project that will never come to fruition. The cynic in me is wondering just how much the fire station project will be reduced. The logic goes there is still a lot of work to be done to figure out how to reduce the cost estimate. It might be a $7 million project. It might be less but probably more. Whatever remaining funds under the $11.2 million estimate included in the bond bill can simply be transferred to another project such as the Baltimore Avenue corridor work. The idea seems to be to approve the total amount and the details will get figured out later. It’s a sloppy way to do business, whether it’s for government or private industry. Included in the packet of back-to-school materials for Worcester County public school students was an annual report on the school system. The report was pared down from recent years, and Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor said there was a reason. In his message, he wrote, “While we are very excited to return to a sense of normalcy this school year, the impact of the pandemic has been far reaching. One of these areas that has been impacted is this document. Much like last year, we were left without many of the facts and figures you have been accustomed to seeing in this publication. …” The report was clearly not as expansive as in years past, but here are some interesting pieces of information to share. •Student population by race: 65%, white; 19%, black; 8%, hispanic; two or more, 7%; and 2%, Asian. •Forty-six percent of the 6,700-plus students in the school system live in homes at or below the poverty line, receiving subsequently free and reduced meals. •The graduation rate was 95%. Sixty-eight percent of graduates planned to attend a college, university or specialized training school with 29% beginning to work and 3% entering the military. •The attendance rate was also 95% – elementary, grades 1-5, 95%; middle, grades 6-8, 94%; and high school, 97%. •The school system budget is funded through three primary sources – the county, 74%; state 17%; and federal, 8%. 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tions well into school. It’s why on school mornings we don’t use the typical dropoff lane at Berlin Intermediate. During a rough spell last year, I started parking across the street and making the longer walk. It got us through a challenging time in school and has subsequently become our new routine even in the rain. On the first day of school this week, I wanted to try and get back into the drop lane. Carson quickly rebuffed, and it was not a battle I wanted. It was all about getting him into school on a high note. The first morning represented the first time he has seen his beloved educational assistant since June. They are buddies and have a great rapport. His EA gets Carson and knows the way to his heart is through humor. Mr. DJ was armed and ready for the first day. He had one of the therapy dogs with him and was ready with some jokes. Mr. DJ fully knew there was not going to be any running hugs from Carson. It’s not his way right now. On this day, Carson didn’t even acknowledge him for some reason. He hid behind me like he had never met him or the principal. Mr. DJ persisted, telling a story how he had a dream about Carson this summer and that he had gotten a big shark tattoo on his leg. He looked to see if his dream was a reality, joking he was relieved to see it was not. It was smart of Mr. DJ, and I appreciated the effort. When Carson didn’t loosen up his grip on me, Mr. DJ dug deep for other material as did I. We were in a tough spot and Carson was not letting go of me. Therefore, I walked into school with him to help ease some concerns. We talked briefly how his day was going to start. Mr. DJ again went deep into his reservoir of trick, encouraging Carson to hide underneath a desk and jump scare Ms. K when she came in. When we finally got him inside a room – not his classroom –Carson buried his head on the desk and cried. After

a few minutes, Mr. DJ and I agreed I was getting out of there. It was the only way. It’s a horrible feeling bailing on your kid, but the best thing was to roll. Once Carson realized he was there and I was gone, I worried about his reaction. I assume it was not a positive situation, but about an hour later we got a photo from his teacher of Carson and Mr. DJ giggling over something. It was at that moment Pam and I could breathe and move on with our day. Later that night, Pam talked with him and he admitted to being nervous and that tomorrow would be better. We talked up the fun things he did at school and how everyone must go learn. Fast forward to the second day of school and I’m happy to report he transitioned perfectly into school like the hundreds of other kids that morning. As we approached Mr. DJ on the sidewalk, he briefly grabbed my arm and looked like he was about to hide behind me as he had the first day. He quickly giggled and looked at me. He was playing me. He got me good and I was relieved. Though it sounds ridiculous again to those who don’t know, I was so excited my 11-year-old son went inside school without any issues. I am relieved when every morning plays out as it should. It’s our reality. As the Tom Petty song Walls goes, “Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks, some doors are open, some roads are blocked.” Somedays Autism wins. Somedays – most of them – we overcome the disability. Every tomorrow represents a new day. The concept of new beginnings is never lost. We always keep trying to get it right. We will keep on keeping on. (The writer is the publisher and editor of The Dispatch. He and his wife, Pamela, are proud parents of two boys. This weekly column examines their transition into parenthood and all that goes along with it. E-mail any thoughts to editor@mdcoastdispatch.com.)

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